Who was the Nicaraguan leader Carlos Fonseca Amador?

Commander Carlos Fonseca Amador was born in the Nicaraguan city of Matagalpa on June 23, 1936. Known for his attachment to the struggles of the disadvantaged, he stood out for being one of the founders of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN).


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In 1956 he was arrested after the execution of the dictator Anastasio Somoza (who was involved in the assassination of another revolutionary, Augusto César Sandino, decades ago). Four months later, he left prison.

His Marxist affiliation was also a just cause for the Somoza regime, which, however, could not prevent him from founding, together with Commander Tomás Borge Martínez, Santos López and Silvio Mayorga, the most important party in the country.

On November 8, 1976, Carlos Fonseca Amador fell in combat, after being the victim of an ambush, along with other combatants such as Benito Carvajal and Crescencio Aguilar.

“When we were in jail, a National Guard officer came full of joy to tell us that Carlos Fonseca had died. We answered him: Carlos Fonseca is one of the dead who never die,” said Borge upon learning of the fall in combat of the Father of the Nicaraguan Revolution.

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