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May 4, 1987
Leaders of the Nicaraguan contras are meeting in Miami in hopes of agreeing on the makeup of an expanded assembly by the middle of this week and appointing new directors. The United Nicaraguan Opposition, formed in June, 1985, has been shaken by the resignation of two of its three directors--Adolfo Calero and Arturo Cruz--and a pledge by another, Alfonso Robelo, to leave the directorate shortly. The U.S.-backed rebels are fighting Nicaragua's leftist Sandinista government.
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March 8, 1990 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since losing last month's elections, the Sandinista government has handed out thousands of guns to its supporters in urban neighborhoods, factories and collective farms in the name of self-defense during the post-revolutionary era, aides to President-elect Violeta Barrios de Chamorro said Wednesday. The weapons distribution was confirmed by those who received them in two northern provinces and by witnesses elsewhere in the country. "Everyone here is getting arms. It's incredible!"
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NEWS
July 17, 1988 | Associated Press
Nicaraguan rebels, shaken by U.S. aid reductions and dissidents demanding changes within the Contra movement, are seeking to reorganize the Nicaraguan Resistance. Leaders of the Contras from Miami, Venezuela, Costa Rica and other points will meet in the Concorde Hotel today and Monday to resolve issues that threaten to split the rebels fighting the leftist Sandinista government.
NEWS
February 19, 1990 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For three hours, they had converged on the tiny plaza, thousands of Nicaraguans eager for a glimpse of the gray-haired widow seeking to overturn the young leaders of the Sandinista revolution. "Come hear Dona Violeta Barrios de Chamorro," a man shouted into a microphone. "Come hear her message of love and reconciliation, of freedom and democracy." "Ortega, you tyrant, your end is near!" the crowd chanted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1986
This is in response to your editorial (Aug. 3), "World Scofflaw," on U.S. action at the United Nations concerning the World Court's decision about U.S. actions in Nicaragua. One nation's unilateral commitment to international law is not a strengthening of those laws--it is a commitment to folly and a weakening of freedom. You insist that the United States abide by laws our adversaries openly ridicule, break and render empty on a daily basis. Considering the complex and competitive nature of global politics, it is disappointing to read your often naive and irresponsible views on Central America.
NEWS
February 22, 1987 | MARJORIE MILLER and DOYLE McMANUS, Time Staff Writers
Reagan Administration officials have managed to stave off the collapse of a U.S.-backed coalition of Nicaraguan rebels for the time being, but the issues dividing the feuding contra leaders have not been resolved and are likely to lead to continued infighting in the coming months, rebel sources say. The Administration is trying to hold together the United Nicaraguan Opposition, as the coalition is called, to help win renewed funding for the contras from Congress.
NEWS
February 16, 1987 | MARJORIE MILLER and DOYLE McMANUS, Times Staff Writers
In an effort to prevent the collapse of the U.S-backed contras' political coalition, conservative rebel leader Adolfo Calero has agreed to resign from the directorate of the United Nicaraguan Opposition, contra sources said Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1986
The thumbnail sketch of Arturo Cruz (Dec. 14) states that he withdrew from the 1984 race for president of Nicaragua after mobs attacked some of his campaign rallies. It is only fair to him to mention that he wanted to continue in the race. After all, such incidents are far from uncommon, and even more or less to be expected in cultures politically less polite than our own. (Witness recent elections in Jamaica and the Philippines.) The CIA told him to withdraw, and he obeyed.
NEWS
April 15, 1987 | Associated Press
Alfonso Robelo, the last of the original three directors of the largest bloc of Nicaraguan rebels, said Tuesday that he will soon quit the organization's leadership. Robelo said that he will not be a candidate for one of seven slots in an expanded directorate of the United Nicaraguan Opposition, which is to be renamed the Nicaraguan Democratic Resistance.
NEWS
March 10, 1987 | MARJORIE MILLER, Times Staff Writer
Arturo Cruz, the Nicaraguan rebel leader whom the United States wanted to remain as part of the contra leadership, Monday made good on his threat to quit the U.S.-backed contra alliance. "I don't think I can contribute in any way by staying longer," Cruz told reporters outside the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry. He added that the alliance remains dominated by conservatives and their allies in the U.S. government.
NEWS
February 18, 1990 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Waves of heat rose from the crowd that pressed against the stage as "El Gallo" entered the July 19th barrio like a rock star at an outdoor concert. Cameras flashed and the night trembled with cheers for the mustachioed man in cowboy boots, blue jeans, a paisley shirt and a camouflage cap. "How are you going to vote?" he cried. "With the Front!" the crowd roared. He waved five fingers overhead. "How are you going to vote?" "Number five on the 25th," they called back.
NEWS
February 17, 1990 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Humberto Jiron is, by his own account, an undecided voter, an independent farmer without a party. He reads three newspapers a day trying to make up his mind. He is also a community service organizer and president of his polling precinct for Nicaragua's Feb. 25 election. He is the kind of citizen, it seems, whose vote would be courted with care by the Sandinista government and its opponents.
NEWS
December 12, 1989 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nicaragua's opposition presidential candidate, Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, asked Central America's presidents Monday to send emissaries to monitor her campaign rallies, after a violent clash between her supporters and Sandinistas left one dead and at least 13 wounded. A battle with stones, machetes and guns broke out Sunday at a United Nicaraguan Opposition (UNO) rally in Masatepe, 30 miles southwest of the Nicaraguan capital of Managua.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1989
The Bush Administration made the right decision Friday when it scrapped plans to provide financial aid for Nicaragua's political opposition. While well-intentioned, the plan could have--indeed, probably would have--backfired.
NEWS
July 17, 1988 | Associated Press
Nicaraguan rebels, shaken by U.S. aid reductions and dissidents demanding changes within the Contra movement, are seeking to reorganize the Nicaraguan Resistance. Leaders of the Contras from Miami, Venezuela, Costa Rica and other points will meet in the Concorde Hotel today and Monday to resolve issues that threaten to split the rebels fighting the leftist Sandinista government.
NEWS
May 4, 1987
Leaders of the Nicaraguan contras are meeting in Miami in hopes of agreeing on the makeup of an expanded assembly by the middle of this week and appointing new directors. The United Nicaraguan Opposition, formed in June, 1985, has been shaken by the resignation of two of its three directors--Adolfo Calero and Arturo Cruz--and a pledge by another, Alfonso Robelo, to leave the directorate shortly. The U.S.-backed rebels are fighting Nicaragua's leftist Sandinista government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1989
The Bush Administration made the right decision Friday when it scrapped plans to provide financial aid for Nicaragua's political opposition. While well-intentioned, the plan could have--indeed, probably would have--backfired.
NEWS
April 15, 1987 | Associated Press
Alfonso Robelo, the last of the original three directors of the largest bloc of Nicaraguan rebels, said Tuesday that he will soon quit the organization's leadership. Robelo said that he will not be a candidate for one of seven slots in an expanded directorate of the United Nicaraguan Opposition, which is to be renamed the Nicaraguan Democratic Resistance.
NEWS
March 10, 1987 | MARJORIE MILLER, Times Staff Writer
Arturo Cruz, the Nicaraguan rebel leader whom the United States wanted to remain as part of the contra leadership, Monday made good on his threat to quit the U.S.-backed contra alliance. "I don't think I can contribute in any way by staying longer," Cruz told reporters outside the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry. He added that the alliance remains dominated by conservatives and their allies in the U.S. government.
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