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The rise of a modern urban-working class revitalized urban labor unions that moved out of the grasp of the Somoza state apparatus.

Still, Luis and Anastacio Somoza retained control of politics throughout the period… until the triumph of the Sandinista revolution in July 1979.

[a] Luis died of a heart attack in 1967, leaving his brother in charge.

Anastacio lacked the cunning of his father and the velvet gloves of this brother and moved to take overt control of the country.

Invoked a massive protest that Anastacio and his National Guard moved decidedly against.

[a] Note that extortion was permitted to be committed by the National Guard and they increasingly preyed upon the population => corruption became institutionalized and endemic.

Opposition began to brew: Frente Sandinista de Liberaction National (FSLN)… dedicated to armed revolution.

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