U.S. perceives the FSLN “as a menace,” says veteran Nicaraguan Sandinista militant

"The revolution was upheld because an armed attack was launched and we entered a period of all-out war promoted by U.S. President Ronald Reagan, which practically destroyed the country's economy." added Mendonza, also known as Comandante 31.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Veteran Sandinista militant Donald Mendoza said that the United States considers the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), which on Friday celebrated its 60th anniversary, to be "a menace," and "is the only alternative to lift the Central American country out of poverty," he said.

Washington "always has us in its sights, it regards us as a threat," said Mendoza, former Nicaraguan military attaché to the United States during the first Sandinista government (1979-1990).

"Nicaragua does not have nuclear weapons for them to perceive us as a menace, but that is how the United States sees . . .

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