Nicaragua marks 1979 revolution amid protests, bloodshed

  • Pro-government supporters check out T-shirts promoting Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and The Sandinista National Liberation Front ruling political party, ahead of a rally commemorating the uprising that ousted the Anastasio Somoza family, in Managua, Nicaragua, Thursday, July 19, 2018. Nicaragua marked the 39th anniversary of the 1979 revolution against the dictator Somoza on Thursday amid protest and bloodshed. (AP Photo/Cristobal Venegas)

  • Thousands of Sandinista faithful wait for the arrival of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to the Juan Pablo II plaza to celebrate the 39th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution, in Managua, Nicaragua, Thursday, July 19, 2018. Nicaragua marked anniversary of the 1979 revolution against dictator Anastasio Somoza, despite an ongoing political crisis that has seen hundreds killed in a government crackdown on protesters seeking President Daniel Ortega's exit from office. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)
  • Sandinista faithful gather at the Juan Pablo II plaza to celebrate the 39th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution, in Managua, Nicaragua, Thursday, July 19, 2018. The Central American nation is marking the anniversary of the 1979 revolution against dictator Anastasio Somoza in the throes of a political crisis that has seen hundreds killed in a government crackdown on protests seeking President Daniel Ortega’s exit from office. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Nicaragua marked the 39th anniversary of the 1979 revolution against dictator Anastasio Somoza on Thursday amid a political crisis that has seen hundreds killed in a government crackdown on protesters seeking President Daniel Ortega’s exit from office.

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