“Nicaraguan brothers and sisters, if you are watching this video it is because I was detained by the Ortega regime.” Thus begins a recording made by the candidate for the Presidency of Nicaragua, Felix maradiaga, hours before attending a summons from the Prosecutor’s Office this Tuesday, an interview after which he was arrested. According to a statement issued by the Police, the opponent “is being investigated for acts that undermine the independence of the people”, in accordance with the Law for the Defense of the Rights of the People, to Independence, to Sovereignty and Self-determination for Peace. This law, popularly known as the ‘Guillotine Law, was approved last December with the aim of preventing the opposition from presenting to the elections that will take place on November 7, and in which Daniel Ortega hopes to be reelected for a third consecutive time.
My hands are clean. My conscience is clear, like that of the 130 political prisoners who resist from the dungeons in prison of conscience simply for thinking differently. Like Cristiana Chamorro, since his house arrest, like Dr. Arturo Cruz, ”Maradiaga affirms in the recording in relation to the arrests of two other candidates in previous days: Cristiana Chamorro, as a result of an investigation for alleged money laundering. money through the Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation (FVBCH), which the candidate has described as a “farce”; while Cruz has also been accused of violating the ‘Guillotine Law’.
According to the NGO Human Rights Watch, Cruz, who will be under arrest for 90 days, would have been admitted to the ‘El Chipote’ prison, known for its torture.
A provocation of the regime
In the recording, Maradiaga calls on Nicaraguans to maintain tranquility, a country that already suffered a social outbreak in 2018 that left 325 dead. “Let us not fall for the provocations of the regime, which is desperate because it is terrified of it, it is afraid of the sovereign will of the citizenry, and it does not want to submit to a free and fair electoral process. Not even to an electoral process rigged under its own rules, ”indicates the opponent, in clear reference to the perversion of the democratic instruments carried out in recent weeks. After the approval of several laws last year to close the way for the opposition to stand in the elections, last May the Parliament, with a Sandinista majority, approved the appointments of the Supreme Electoral Council, made up of a majority of like-minded members; as well as that of an electoral reform that harms the opposition, and in which the presence of international observers in the elections is not contemplated, among other aspects.
Maradiaga continues asking that “we do not lose the battle of hope, a fundamental battle in which we have to have an iron faith that Nicaragua will be free, that we will find a path of peace and justice.” And he insists again: «Let us not fall into provocations of violence by a regime thathe only knows how to use weapons to impose his will». And he takes advantage of the recording to send a message to Nicaraguan mothers who “have lost their children. We will not stop fighting for justice.
Hours after Maradiga’s arrest, the home of Juan Sebastian Chamorro, a cousin of Cristiana Chamorro and a candidate for the Alianza Ciudadanos por la Libertad, who was also arrested, becoming the fourth opposition candidate arrested by the Ortega regime (the second within 12 hours). Cristiana’s cousin was arrested for “inciting foreign interference in internal affairs,” “organizing with financing from foreign powers to carry out acts of terrorism,” among others, according to the press release issued by the Nicaraguan Police.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism