Sandino LivesPrimary Artist: Terry Forman

Created: San Francisco Collective, 1980s

Medium: Silkscreen, Offset printed

Dimensions: 19″ x 20”

Augusto C. Sandino (1895–1934) lead an insurrection against the US occupation of Nicaragua between 1927 and 1933. Despite being referred to as a “bandit” by the United States government, his exploits made him a hero throughout Latin America, where he became a symbol of resistance to American imperialism. The United States troops withdrew from Nicaragua in 1933. Sandino was assassinated in 1934 by National Guard forces of General Anastasio Somoza García, who went on to establish a dictatorship and a family dynasty that ruled Nicaragua for 40 years.

The Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) ousted the Somoza dictator government in 1979. In 1981 the Reagan Administration backed a rightist collection of counter-revolutionary groups, providing them funding, equipment, and training through the CIA, to overthrow the Sandinista government. This was known as the Contra War which terrorized the people of Nicaragua for years.

Image: Drawing of Augusto Sandino. At the bottom is red and black bands with the words dropped out of the color.

Words: Via FSLN, Sandino Lives.

Color: black and red ink on white paper


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