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    CPC Rally in Managua - November 30, 2007

    November 29, 2007

    A rally of the Councils of Citizens Power (CPC) is planned for Friday,
    November 30 at 3:00 PM at the Plaza de la La Revolución, which is the
    area between the old cathedral and the Presidential palace. CPC
    supporters from outside of Managua may be bussed in as early as 10:00 AM the
    day of the rally. The event may last as late as 8:00 PM. Expected crowd
    estimates range from 10,000 to 100,000.

    The Nicaraguan Police intend to deploy resources to maintain public
    order. The Regional Security Officer at the Embassy has notified all
    Embassy personnel to avoid travel in the affected areas; not to drive
    through any barricades encountered on the street; and to keep windows up,
    doors locked, and a cell phone in their vehicles. Traffic along North
    Highway will likely be heavy all day.

    We wish to remind American citizens that even demonstrations intended
    to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into
    violence. American citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of
    demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if in the vicinity of
    any demonstrations.

    The U.S. Embassy in Managua is now located at Km 5 ½ C. Sur Managua,
    Nicaragua. The U.S. Embassy in Managua can be reached 24/7 at
    505-252-7100. For emergencies (deaths, arrests, etc.) after hours, U.S.
    citizens can call this phone number and ask for the Embassy Duty Officer.

    General information regarding consular service is available by calling
    (505) 252-7888. Non-emergency services for American citizens are
    available Monday through Friday, 1:00 to 3:00 PM, except on Nicaraguan and
    U.S. holidays <http> .

    Additional contact information for the American Citizens Services unit
    is as follows:

    Fax: (505) 252-7304

    Email: ACS.Nicaragua@state.gov

    Website: http://managua.usembassy.gov
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    U.S. citizens are urged to register and update their contact
    information at the following website:
    https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui.

    Updated information on travel and security in Nicaragua may be obtained
    from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the
    United States and Canada or, from outside the United States and Canada,
    1-202-501-4444. U.S. citizens should consult the Department of State's
    Consular Information Sheet and Travel Warning for Nicaragua at
    http://travel.state.gov <http> , the Worldwide
    Caution Public Announcement at http://travel.state.gov/wwc1.html, and the
    travel publication "A Safe Trip Abroad" at
    http://travel.state.gov/asafetripabroad.html.
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    I was on the bus out of town towards Jinotega, the night of the July 19th Celebration, I expect the turnout will be similar. The traffic jamb of buses and trucks loaded with FSLN members, stretching from the "Old City Center" of Managua to Boaco and beyond, was just unreal.

    I hope none of you are heading back to Managua from Northern locations along that road, or you will be sitting in your car a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3 frijoles
    buses and trucks loaded with FSLN members
    I was on one of those buses, altough im not a sandanista, it was a crazy ride, especially when everyone unloaded and began to walk to the rally, so many people!

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    Did anyone go and get pictures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by José
    Quote Originally Posted by 3 frijoles
    buses and trucks loaded with FSLN members
    I was on one of those buses, altough im not a sandanista, it was a crazy ride, especially when everyone unloaded and began to walk to the rally, so many people!
    I was in the bus going in the opposite direction, an 80 year old woman was flipping everyone off and cursing at them for being idiot Sandinistas! Very Funny! That was the funnest bus ride in Nicaragua ever, except got a little nervous when we were at a stand still and the people on my bus were antagonizing the Sandinista buses and trucks, loaded up with a bunch of drunks.

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    I thought it was against the law to have liquor available at these functions....
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3 frijoles
    loaded up with a bunch of drunks.
    Unfortunately there were a few drunks on my bus on the ride back, we actually stopped by a police station, but they told us they could not detain them. so a bunch of people held them down for the duration of the bus ride home. Very interesting experience..

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    Default Jose...

    tell us more about it, please....
    Life's different here ... It's a whole 'nother pace.

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    Well, it all took place on July 19th. At the time I was staying with some friends in Ticuantepe outside of Managua. I awoke to what sounded like cannon fire when in reality it was the locals firing large mortars provided by the Sandinistas visiting each pueblo. (One free mortar for each family). Since the people I was staying with were avid Sandinistas, I got to see the firing in action. Every mortar blast could be heard for miles around.


    * * People dressed in red and black were all over the place. I was told the buses to the rally would be free. A bus assigned to our pueblo picked up those who wished to go.Only Sandinistas allowed! Then our bus proceeded to the main street in Ticuantepe to line up with all the other buses in the area. The line of buses was awaiting the go ahead to travel to Managua, so that a huge line of Sandinista flag waving people would fill the highways. The bus ride to the rally area was great. Fellow Sandinistas lined the streets to wave to us as we passed. When there was a bit of traffic or we were stopped other rival buses would try and steal our flags as they were being waved out the window. One local boy from another bus actually boarded ours and tried to steal our flag!


    * * We unloaded a bit of a walk away from the celebration. On the way there, every vendor in the country lined the streets. Everyone was converging on the rally. If you were a fan of street food this would have been the place for you. Welcome to street food heaven. Also revolutionary shirts, hats, and other related gear could be purchased. I bought a Che Guevara t-shirt so I would blend in better.


    * * *On arrival to the actual spot where Ortega would speak, we found a place to sit and wait for the start. After waiting we made our way into the sea of black and red making a chain with connected hands to get through, the only way! We then found a good spot somewhere in the middle. Somehow the vendors found their way through the wall of people and cerveza was being served everywhere. Every single street lamp was covered in flag waving Sandinistas. Some climbed quite high. At one point I lifted a girl up on my shoulders and a flag was immediately handed to her so she could wave it with pride.
    * * *

    * * When the rally was nearing an end, some began to file out of the area. My friends informed me this was the time to go, because we still had to find the bus assigned to take us back. This involved moving quite fast through vendors packing up and dodging people puking everywhere. When we made it to the area where all the buses were parked it was still dark and very difficult to locate our bus back. I just followed the locals I was with and after asking around and a mad dash to the bus we made it in time, just as it was starting up.
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    * * *The drunks on the bus were quite annoying to everyone else and one was violent saying he was going to kill his girlfriend because she broke up with him. His friends had to hold him down. He was only two seats behind me, and if you have ridden on some of these school buses you know that’s not very far away. I felt bad for my friend sitting behind me. She had to sink down into the seat to avoid the drunken boy’s flailing arms. It eventually got on the nerves of the bus driver and he warned him that if his friends could not control him he would drop him off at the nearest police station. Well we ended up stopping at a police station. The drunken guy was taken off the bus and after a few minutes he was brought back on. From what I heard, the policeman refused to take custody of him and everyone was forced to endure his moans the rest of the ride home. Good thing someone was willing to hold him down and that he didn’t throw up on everyone.


    * * *I made it home late but the time spent that day was well worth it. I enjoyed every bit of it and I hope to get to do it again someday. Oh and don’t forget the favorite line of the night: VIVA LOS SANDINISTAS!!!!!

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    CIA agent in the Che Shirt! :lol: is there something that you can't tell us "José"?

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    Live fire of military hardware, beer, threats of murder, and profiteering. Interesting way to celebrate.

    Did Ortega say anything significant?

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    Default Nice post Jose.

    Thanks for "Jose's View".
    Life's different here ... It's a whole 'nother pace.

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    As you say Jose, well worth the experiance.

    I will not knock your story cuz I liked it, and hope to hear more of your stories, it is telling about many things...

    I to went to a Daniel rally here in Puerto Cabezas one time with another gringo and some local friends, we were taken up to the podium and met the man, and both of us were given hats and tee shirts, which I still have.

    Right or wrong, a King is a King, and a President is a President....

    I don´t agree with socialisum, I think it leads to economic disaster...But then again I hope people can work out differences without bloodshed...But history tells a different tale to many times...

    Vamos a Ver....
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    This is one of the buses I speak of, be careful out there...


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    Thats a classic Nicaraguan U turn!

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