The Revolution Turns 30

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Abby Zimet
Sandinista supporters

Nicaraguans celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution Sunday with a mix of praise – for Daniel Ortega's toppling of a brutal regime and broad-ranging social programs – and criticism – for corruption, censorship and the grinding poverty that many endure. The "original project of the revolution," supporters say, lives on.

"They made mistakes," said iconic commander Eden Pastora of the early days, who defected from and then reconciled with Ortega. "Now we're having a revolution the way we ought to have done."

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