New York Times, 18 April 1985 (display advertisement)
An Urgent Message from Europeans to Congress:
Support the Nicaraguan Resistance
Democracy itself is at stake in Nicaragua. After four years of dictatorship, the FSLN, the totalitarian ruling party, has not succeeded in breaking the resistance of the Nicaraguan people.
After the relative liberalization represented by the elections, the government’s imposition of a “state of emergency” shows that its political agenda remains a totalitarian one.
We believe that United States aid to all sections of the opposition is indispensable in enabling the Nicaraguans to overthrow the present dictatorship and freely choose their own political future—which they thought they had already done when they overthrew Somoza.
Therefore, we appeal to the Congress off the United States, in the spirit of democratic solidarity, to resume aid to the Nicaraguan resistance.