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Nicaragua's Sandinista Front founder, Tomas Borge has died

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  • Cort Greene
    *From the news services: * In 1961, Tomas Borge, along with Carlos Fonseca Amador, Francisco Buitrago, Jorge Navarro, Silvio Mayorga, Jose Benito Escobar, Noel
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2012
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      *From the news services:
      * In 1961, Tomas Borge, along with Carlos Fonseca Amador, Francisco
      Buitrago, Jorge Navarro, Silvio Mayorga, Jose Benito Escobar, Noel Guerrero
      and Germain Pomares, founded the FSLN guerrilla organization uniting the
      three main tendencies that fought the Somoza family dictatorship. Tomas
      Borge, Founder of Nicaragua's Sandinista Front died in military hospital of
      respiratory complications after surgery in April.
      [image: Tomas Borge dead at 81]
      Comandante Tom�s Borge (photo / GRAPHOS Producciones)

      *After several weeks of battling for his life against a respiratory
      problem in the intensive-care unit of Managua�s military hospital,
      comandante Tom�s Borge, the last living member of the Sandinista Front for
      National Liberation (FSLN), died on Monday, April 30th around 9 p.m. He was
      81.*
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      The old firebrand: Tomas Borge (photo/ Tim Rogers)

      *As the number-two ranked Sandinista leader behind President Daniel Ortega,
      Borge was still considered a firebrand member of the old guard, even years
      after his voice faded from booming to tremulous and crackly in his old age.*

      *Borge, who in 1978 spent nine months being tortured by the National Guard
      in prison, where he was reportedly partially castrated, said in 2004
      interview that his time in prison was the easiest part of the revolution.*

      *Borge defended the Sandinista revolution until the end.*

      *�The revolution recuperated the dignity of the country and achieved some
      social advancement,� he told me in an interview several years ago. �The
      revolution was a seed without which there would be no possibility to
      produce fruits and flowers. But the fundamental achievement of the
      revolution was to give birth to hope.�*


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