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Statement of Jes?s V?squez, captured rebel under Santos V?squez & Pedr?n

     This statement by Jes?s V?squez, the cousin of Sandinista jefe Santos V?squez, offers additional insights into rebel organization and supply procurement in the Jinotega area.  Especially noteworthy are the remarks about Chamorrista Conservative Felipe Machado, who, according to this statement, hid 12 rifles and 1,000 rounds of ammunition in anticipation of a Conservative revolution after the Civil War of 1926-27, and that these weapons eventually ended up in Pedr?n's hands.  Such occurrences were not uncommon, and represented yet another way that Sandino's struggle continued to express the conflicts & patterns that developed during the Civil War, and another way the rebels were able to procure much-needed arms & ammunition  (undated photo of EDSN rebels, from the Walter C. Sandino collection)

 

The following extracts are taken from the statement of Jesus Vasquez, forwarded to these headquarters by Lieut. Hanneken:
 
"That Santos Vasquez, bandit jefe under Pedron, is his cousin; Nicolas Davila is Jefe Spy and provision provider for bandits in this area; and that Davila moves about from one finca to another, obtains all information and organizes the provision supply when Pedron is in this area; that Pedron often passes by house of Santos Vasquez to Sixto Gutierrez's house at La Pita to see his (Vasquez) house, to house of Basilio Contreras, to fincas of Guillermo Rivera and Florencio Cornejo. That Pedron was camped for about a week at Guillermo Rivera's finca (on the southwest side of Chachagon Mts.) Note: All the above places with the exception of Santos Vasquez have been destroyed by our patrols.
 
"That Felipe Machado of Matagalpa and Jinotega turned over to one Juan Rial at Real's finca near La Virgen about one year ago, twelve rifles (Springfields) with a box containing about 1000 rounds of ammunition with https://cheap-wigs.uswisssale.net/ instructions that Rial would be the Jefe in the La Virgen area and that the rifles and ammunition were to be held by him for a contemplated revolution of Chamorro's. On or about Feb. 1st, 1929, Juan Rial together with Ermenecillo Rial, Epifiano Hernandez, and Felix Hernandez and Jesus Vasquez took these rifles and ammunition and turned them over to Pedron Altamirano. (This information about Machado giving these rifles to Juan Rial is common knowledge amongst natives as Eulalio Flores, Manuel Matute and Jefe Politico [Rigoberto Reyes] all knew about it.) ...

IR29.05.13: 4. RG127/209/1

 

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