Francisco Blandón & Roberto Vindel, held captive
by Santos Vásquez group
In early 1930, Sandinistas still active
in Las Segovias were laying low and awaiting
their Supreme Chief's return. This report
summarizes the intelligence gleaned from two
citizens seized by rebels under Santos Vásquez
in late February in the Jinotega area and held
for about 24 hours.
again we catch glimpses of the rebels'
material poverty (forcing the captured men to
exchange clothes with them, eating only cheese
and sugar), even though they reportedly had
plenty of ammunition. The report also
includes an intriguing hint about the spy
networks being built by the Marines & Guardia:
the report was submitted by an informant
code-named "A-1," who appears several other
times in the documents. The rebel jefe, Santos Vásquez,
was a protégé of Pedrón
as were more than a dozen other local jefes in
the department of Jinotega.
(Photograph of EDSN troops, ca. 1933, with Gen.
mounted in the background, from the collection
of Walter C. Sandino).