Former Contra rebels seize Nicaraguan crossroads
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (Reuters) -- Some 1,500 former members of the
Nicaraguan Contra rebel force occupied a rural crossroads on Friday to
demand that the government fulfil peace agreements, National Police said.
The demonstration by men, women and children began in the early morning
near Boaco, about 55 miles (90 km) northeast of Managua, once a stronghold
of the U.S.-backed Contra rebels where the families have continued to live
following demobilization agreements with the government, police said.
"They are demanding of the government a series of items that have not been
fulfilled," Capt. Justo Zamora told Reuters.
The Nicaraguan Resistance, or Contras, helped unseat the leftist Sandinista
regime of 1979-1990 with an armed uprising throughout the 1980s that cost
Peace agreements call for the incorporation of former Contras into the
government and for legalisation of titles to land now held by former resistance
fighters, agreements that the demonstrators said had yet to be fulfilled.