The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on September 23, 1978 · Page 15
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The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas · Page 15

Galveston, Texas
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Saturday, September 23, 1978
Page 15
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Saturday Morning, September 23, 1978 (The Ih,ilij ><Mx)3 7-B Nicaragua Troops Control Rebel-Held City, End Siege MANAGUA, Nicaragua (UPI) — The Nicaraguan National Guard established control over the rebel-held northern city of Esteli Friday, ending a 14-day siege that devastated the town and turned it into a cemetery. Official sources said between 400 and 500 persons were killed in the bloody fighting between the guardsmen and the Sandinista guerrillas who launched a nationwide uprising Sept. 9 against President Anastasio Somoza's government. Guardsmen patrolled the streets of Esteli, firing occasional shots into the air to scatter looters while two warplanes buzzing overhead fought for control of the skies with flocks of vultures descending on decomposing bodies. There were repeated government a n- nouncements during the week that rebel resistance had been crushed but correspondents on the scene said the battle for the city did not end until Thursday night. Survivors of the siege told of repeated atrocities carried out by the National Guard. But an official announcement by the National Guard said the atrocities were carried out by Communist rebels wearing stolen guardsmen uniforms. A government broadcast said guardsmen "in an efficient and patriotic operation totally reconquered" Esteli. It said "the last sniper had to flee and the residents of the city slept peacefully for the first time." Col. Juan Martinez, the local commander of the National Guard, and Red Cross spokesmen both said they thought between 400 and 500 persons had been killed in the fighting at Esteli, 80 miles north of Managua on the Pan American highway. Many of the bodies were still lying in the streets and 'mobile Red Cross brigades, faces covered with han- derchiefs, were going around burning cadavers. Even guardsmen at a checkpoint to the city, wore hankerchiefs to ward off the stench of three partially burned bodies lying nearby. Guardsmen asserted their presence by patrolling the streets in huge num- . bers. Many soldiers smiled at foreign correspondents. One soldier yelled, "I was trained at Fort Benning!" Another said he had attended a U.S. school in the Panama Canal Zone. The market and several other areas were still smoking. Not a single house ! was left intact. One weeping old woman sought out. reporters to say, "tell the world this is an example ; of what Somoza has done to 1 his people. We can't live in this country any more. I'm .. getting out." While some civilians continued to stream out of the town carrying makeshift white flags and bundles of belongings, ' others looted. About 2,000 people broke down the remains of - plate glass windows at the Two Brothers department store, making off with radios, huge boxes of toilet paper. Two pretty young girls : carried out stacks of blue • jeans. Every once in a while, guard patrols fired a few shots into the air to scatter the looters. But once the patrols had gone, the people went back to work. Overhead, a helicopter air force gunship and a C-47 were circling low overhead, sometimes crashing into flocks of buzzards. Several residents said they thought the San- dinistas, their ranks swelled by local high school students to between 1,500 and 2,000, had abandoned the city two nights ago, leaving behind only a few snipers to cover their retreat. There had been no battles in the town since late Thursday night, residents said. Townspeople also came forward with more tales of atrocities committed by the National Guard. Olivia Guerra, a 19-year-old Red Cross volunteer, said she had been carrying a wounded 24-year-old local merchant to a Red Cross post along with other volunteers when a three- man National Guard patrol in a jeep told her to put the stretcher down and leave it behind. As she walked away, she heard shots and saw guardsmen execute the wounded man. Much of Esteli was in ashes and many homes had their roofs blown off by rocket, artillery and tanks barrages. The city has been almost deserted by its 25,000 residents and 6,000 refugees were holed up in a high school on the edge of town, many of them sick with malaria. "The whole town is a cemetery — backyards, barricades, everything," said Dr. Ronaldo Arguello, 32, of the Red Cross. Observers said government control of the six cities attacked by the guerrillas did not mean an end to opposition to the Somoza government. The guerrillas were expected to revert to hit-and-run tactics. In addition, a nationwide general strike to oppose Somoza was hitting hard at the country's economy. In a letter to the United Nations and other international organizations, a group of eight prominent citizens of Esteli accused the National Guard of arbitrary arrests, house searches, massacres, shooting up Red Cross vehicles and refusing a truce to bury the dead. The National Guard said atrocities reported by foreign news agencies were in fact committed by guerrillas dressed up in guard uniforms and not by guardsmen themselves. "It has been proven that in Masaya, Leon, Chinandega and Esteli, some Sandino-Communist Hartman Schedule STAMFORD, Conn. (UPI) — The Hartman Theater will open its fourth season Nov. 1 with William Gibson's "Two for the Seesaw." It will be followed by "The Diary of Anne Frank," Alayn Ayck- bourn's "Absurd Person Singular," Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes," and the Tom Jones-Harvey Schmidt musical "The Fan- tasticks." elements committed numerous atrocities against the civilian population, including "They wore wearing tributing the crimes to our accused the Sandinistas of ''placing minors and boys women and children," the National Guard uniforms soldiers," it said. committing the worst and girls of school age" on communique said. for the purpose of at- The communique also crime of the fighting by the front lines. Cast, Crew Picked -=r^a -s—^ s "5 * TTM For Dickinson nay The cast and crew for Dickinson High School's fall production of "You Can't Take It With You" were selected at auditions last week. Among 65 who auditioned, Terri Pina received the part of "Penny," John Coutrado the part of "Paul," Mark Sandlin the part of "Grampa," and Traci Ray the part of "Alice." Major roles were awarded to Rebecca Smoak, Valarie McCain, Nat Jones, Brian Smith, Greg Murrie, Peter Escarraz, Bertrand McHenry, Gary Dibello, Vicki Steed, Denny Byers and Michelle Riley. Sara Garland, Jim Wilcox, Kelvin McHenry and Waller Keith also earned parts. Gwen Steed was named as stage manager, and Kathy Borde, was selected as assistant stage manager. Crew heads and their assignments include Ruthi Engelke, sets; Kathy Frenzel, costumes; Karen Gross, sound; David Baker, lights; Don Williams, props; Jean Wooley, house; Becky Whelan, publicity; and Nancy Platt, makeup. "You Can't Take It With You," by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, is a comedy about the misadventures of a lunatic family in the gay days before World War II. The play will be directed by Donna Vickers, a recent graduate of Trinity University and the drama director at Dickinson High School. The play will be presented Oct. 24, Oct. 26 and Oct. 28 in the DHS auditorium. Tickets will cost $1 for students and $1.50 for adults and can be purchased from drama students in October. THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY ' WONDURAS DOOR MIRRORS Full-length door mirrors. 13"x 47" "FLOAT PLATE" glass. *Shotterproofed lor safety, txpolished walnut-finished frame. *Pre-drilled holes. 'Sure-lock corners. 'Full dust- cover stapled back. 36 ONLY HURRY! LIMITED QUANTITY 99 HURRY! LIMITED QUANTITIES! Decorative Accent MIRRORS Your Choice 8 ONLY Reflect your beautiful home with attractive mirrors. Many shapes and sizes with fashionable decorator frames. 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