Tomás Borge, founding member of the FSLN and key figure in the Sandinista Revolution, in Nicaragua.

Tomás Borge Martínez, a Nicaraguan revolutionary with the soul of a poet.

Commander Tomas Borge Martínez, is considered one of the most prominent figures in politics and literature in Nicaragua, who died on April 30, 2012. Throughout his life, he left a legacy of commitment to the Sandinista Revolution and contributions significant literary works.

Borge was born in the city of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, on August 13, 1930, and developed his political and revolutionary career as a founding member of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), in 1961, recognized for his loyalty and conviction to the principles of the Revolution, playing a crucial role in the fight against the Somoza dictatorship, for the freedom of the country.

Tomás Borge was imprisoned for his revolutionary activities (along with the current president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega) and was released during the storming of the National Congress Palace in Managua on August 22, 1978.

The political-military struggle unfolded with the two popular insurrections of 1978 and 1979, which led to the revolutionary triumph in Nicaragua on July 19, 1979.

In his speeches after the triumph of the Sandinista revolution, Commander Borge reiterated that national unity, pluralism and a mixed economy were destined to strengthen, not destabilize, the revolutionary process in Nicaragua.

For a decade, he held the position of Minister of the Interior (1979-1990), and later he was a Deputy before the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN) during the period 1996-2001.

Furthermore, in 1982, the Sandinista leader was elected vice president of the Permanent Conference of Political Parties in Latin America, an association that brought together social democratic, socialist, liberal and nationalist parties from across the continent.

Tomás Borge began his political career as one of the Founders of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) in 1960.

Likewise, Borge was an active member of the FSLN Congress and held the position of deputy secretary general of that party’s National Council.

Tomás Borge, prolific writer

In addition to his distinguished political career, Borge was a prolific writer. Among his best-known works are “La Paciente Impaciencia” (awarded the Casa de las Américas Prize) and “Un Grano de Maíz” (a conversation with Fidel Castro), as well as his poetry collection titled “Poesía Clandestina”.

In “Poesía Clandestina”, Borge expressed his thoughts and humanist principles, leaving an imperishable literary legacy. His poems reflect an authenticity and human quality that immortalized him in the world of literature.

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In an interview in 2010, Borge expressed his firm commitment to his revolutionary ideals and his commitment to the FSLN: “I am not afraid of death, and I feel proud to continue being a Sandinista, to continue being faithful to the red-and-black flag of our party, to continue being faithful to our revolutionary organization; and to die proud of having my head raised, and not having been disloyal to my principles, nor disloyal to my friends or my companions, nor to my flag, nor to my cries of combat.”

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In this sense, Borge always maintained his revolutionary principles and never betrayed his fellow Sandinistas and friends, even in the midst of difficulties and circumstances, he was always loyal to his values.