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Photo Journalism Friday: FSLN Revolution Day

Today, July 19th marks the 34th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution of 1979 – the day that the National Liberation Army defeated the Somoza dictatorship in the Nicaraguan Revolution.

– Today all buses in the country change their stationed route to Managua.

As we made our way from Granada to San Juan del Sur we passed bus load after bus load of FSLN (Sandinista National Liberation Front) supporters en route to Managua.

Every year on July 19th thousands of people from all over the country gather at Plaza La Fe in Managua to commemorate this historical event.

Photo Journalism Friday: A Political Parade

Photo Journalism Friday

It’s 4 pm on October 31st in San Juan del Sur. Yes, that’s right – it’s Halloween.

Local and expat children walk door-to-door to designated businesses collecting candy. Meanwhile truckloads, busloads and carloads of Sandinistas proudly wave their red and black flags in support of Daniel Ortega.

The music is loud.  The energy is high.

FSLN (Sandinista National Liberation Front) theme songs, that oddly enough, have been remade to the rhythm of popular American classics blast from huge speakers. It’s an all out party for these members of the FSLN as they prepare for the upcoming municipal election.

Along the malecon tents and stacks of Tona (local beer) are setup around a giant stage. All of this in support of (and paid for) by the FSLN.

I kind of feel like I’m at an NFL Tailgate Party, except for one glaring difference.  At this event there is only one team. 

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