General Augusto C. Sandino was born in Nicaragua, becoming a prominent figure in the anti-imperialist struggle in the world.

General Augusto C. Sandino, the Nicaraguan guerrilla, an icon in the world against foreign oppression

On May 18, 1895, in a humble family in Niquinohomo, in Masaya, Nicaragua, Augusto Nicolás Calderón Sandino was born, who would become a symbol of the fight against foreign intervention in the world.

Son of Gregorio Sandino and Margarita Calderón, Sandino lived his early years with his mother, before moving to his father’s house, where he spent his youth.

From an early age, General Augusto C. Sandino showed his rejection of the political, military and economic intervention his country was facing by the United States, a conflict dating back to 1909. At the age of 17, he witnessed the patriot’s tragic fate, Benjamin Zeledon, after his assassination, an event that would greatly impact him.

In 1920, Sandino left Nicaragua, starting a journey that would take him through several countries in the region. During this time, he immersed himself in the Latin American political landscape.

In Mexico, the Nicaraguan revolutionary worked for American companies and became involved in nationalist and trade union movements, which contributed to his political development and understanding of social struggles.

In the context of the U.S. intervention in Nicaragua in May 1927, General Augusto C. Sandino refused to disarm, defying the demands of the occupying forces. Instead of submitting, he chose to move to the north of the country, where he founded the National Sovereignty (EDSN) Defender Army. Since then, he has led armed resistance against U.S. Marines and local forces collaborating in the occupation.

On February 21, 1934, following the defeat of the occupying forces and the signing of the peace agreements with the government, Sandino was assassinated to treason by officers of the National Guard, who acted under the orders of the then director of the National Guard, General Anastasio Somoza García, future initiator of the Somoza dictatorship.

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Sandino’s legacy was taken up by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), a political organization established in 1962, which dedicated itself to overthrowing the Somoza through armed struggle, reaching its goal in July 1979.

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In this regard, Sandino’s struggle for freedom, sovereignty and justice continues to resonate in Nicaragua and around the world, at a time when resistance to foreign aggression and the demand for the right to emancipation of all nations persist