Posted by: ramblinmanjimj | October 11, 2008

Anti-American murals in Leon, Nicaragua

A portion of a mural denouncing the American CIA.

From my book…”07/21- (Day 202) At La Paz Centro. 6 AM temperature was 81 degrees. On the road at 8 AM. We drove to the old colonial city of Leon, population about 185,000, and elevation about 150 feet. Being a very old city with narrow streets, we had problems finding a place to park, but finally ended up parking adjacent to a small plaza and church. We spent the day wandering around the city, seeing the sights of the central plaza, the very old cathedral, and huge market district. One thing that made the visit most interesting was, that unlike the colonial city of Granada, this city has not been re-furbished, has been here for over 400 years, and shows it. Another very interesting thing to see was the anti-American and anti-CIA murals left over from the revolution. We haven’t seen these in any other place. These were huge murals, covering the sides of two- and three-story buildings. They depicted the United States Government backing the dictator, Somoza, as opposed to the oppressed revolutionaries. Despite these murals, people were still very friendly to us. Happy hour and meal in a local restaurant. We will spend one night here.”

All material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2008
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