Merton pleads with Somoza for the release of the Catholic youth who protested in Nicaragua and were imprisoned by the government.
Luis Somoza Debayle was President of Nicaragua from 1956-1963. The eldest son of the former dictator, Anastasio Somoza Garcia, he was a nationalist and a supporter of some liberal social reforms. At the same time, he was anti-communist and supported the United States in their Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba. Somoza resided in the capital of Managua, Nicaragua.
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See also a mention of Merton's letter to Somoza in The Courage for Truth, p. 185.
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||On this day dedicated to North American liberty I write to you as a priest of the Catholic Church,