On this day in 1934, Nicaraguan anti-imperialist leader Augusto Sandino was murdered by US-backed dictator General Somoza, who violated a peace treaty.

Sandino built a guerrilla army and expelled US colonial occupiers. His legacy has inspired many generations of revolutionaries
Nicaraguan revolutionary leader Sandino was also an internationalist who, in addition to expelling US military occupiers, called for all Latin America to unite against US colonialism

His Army to Defend National Sovereignty (symbol below) included antiimperialists from the region
The US empire's terrorist war on Nicaragua's elected Sandinista government -- from the Contras to a bloody 2018 coup attempt and aggressive sanctions today -- is a continuation of Washington's attempt to re-colonize Latin America and undo Sandino's legacy.
The legacy of anti-imperialist revolutionary Sandino is commemorated all across Nicaragua with symbols like this statue.

He was murdered at the direct orders of the US embassy, which used the Somoza dynasty and its murderous National Guard to terrorize the country for decades
These photos, from the Augusto Sandino museum in Managua, show fighters from his anti-imperialist Army in Defense of National Sovereignty (EDSN) in the 1930s, during the armed struggle to expel the US military colonial occupiers from Nicaragua.
This photo shows the Latin American Legion, aka the International Brigade, the other revolutionaries from the region who joined General Sandino in his war against the US colonial occupiers

Among them was El Salvador's communist leader Farabundo Martí, who inspired the FMLN party

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Fred Hampton, Malcolm X, and MLK were all murdered by the US government. We have strong evidence now; it's an undeniable fact
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They don't just do it abroad; they do it at home too
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The Professional Media Left is too busy still heroizing Pope Bernie
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Lasso supports it
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