Wednesday, December 8

Ortega’s farce: repression and empty streets in Nicaragua, march of exiles in the rest of the world


The “companions” of Sandinismo, including two leaders of the Andalusian PCE, and the “journalists” from friendly countries tour the electoral centers, banned from international journalists

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Members of the Nicaraguan army queue to vote this Sunday in Managua.OSWALDO RIVASAFP

“History repeats itself today in this country.” The words of the Catholic priest Uriel Vallejos they tour the different Nicaraguas today, the inside and outside, in full development of the “electoral circus” launched by Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murilloto screw himself five more years in power looking to stay 30 years in charge of the country.

The priest of the Jess de la Divina Misericordia church in Sbaco has not hesitated to compare these presidential elections, in which five collaborators compete with the Nicaraguan leader, with the elections of 1974, when the Somoza dictatorship organized similar elections and the population rejected them by closing their doors to show your discontent.

In Nicaragua the pantomime started with the same ritual as always, a lot of propaganda and a lot of repression, collected by human rights organizations. The strategy is that there is no evidence of electoral fraud and abstention, which appears massive thanks to the day of “closed doors” launched by the opposition. Only the electoral “companions”, hoolingans Sandinismo, including two leaders of the Andalusian PCE, and the “journalists” from friendly countriesLike Venezuela and Cuba, they tour the electoral centers on the ground, banned from international journalists.

Ortega’s will is to turn Nicaragua into the tomb of freedom of expression“, denounced the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh) after taking note of the prohibition for the entry of foreign correspondents. Both land and air borders remain closed by journalists and the few who sneaked in days ago can’t do normal coverage.

Nidia Barbosa, Masaya leader of the Civic Alliance, was detained by Sandinista agents, who maintain a siege in one of the rebel cities. This was confirmed to EL MUNDO by Father Edwing Romn, priest of the Church of San Miguel: “In Masaya everyone is locked up in their houses. There is fear. They robbed us of the joy of holding free elections. They have closed the doors of their houses so as not to go to vote. “

The priest has contributed images of his empty city, with its deserted streets. “The receiving (voting) boards failed,” he contrasts. Other detainees in Masaya are Santiago Fajardo, Edder Muoz, Fabio Nez, Carla Mendoza, Mara Montalbn, Yolanda Gonzlez and Heyseel Palacios. A good number of activists remain in hiding, they have even fled abroad in the last few hours.

Despite the persecution, the images of desolation are repeated in Managua, Len, Matagalpa, from almost all parts of Nicaragua in what seems like a “palmado” country, as the Nicaraguan say when there is no atmosphere at all.

“These elections cannot be legitimized, the world must ignore them. We repudiate this electoral circus. That the photo of the murderers appears on the electoral ballots says it all“, summed up for this newspaper Yadira Crdoba, a member of the Mothers of April, at the head of the great protest that today leads the exile in San José, Costa Rica. The paramilitaries burst the head of his Orlando during the 2018 protests. He was 15 years old.

“The police now go through the streets of our Masaya, my family is all at home“added Azucena Lpez, the mother of Erick Jimnez, one of the more than 300 fatalities during the savage repression of the Sandinista government.” We have a lot of faith in the world, even Europe has sanctioned them. But we need a stronger hand against the repressors“, he culminated.

The exiles have also demonstrated in Madrid, as well as in different cities of the continent. “It is a horror movie in slow motion,” insisted Jos Miguel Vivanco, director for the Americas at Human Rights Watch (HRW). In his memory and in that of the protesters of the so-called World March, the more than 300 murdered, the 150 political prisoners, the seven imprisoned candidates, the more than 100,000 exiles.

“Cruelty has reached inhuman limits, a cruelty that is unprecedented in the history of Nicaragua,” Monsignor Silvio Jos Bez, auxiliary archbishop of Managua and one of the symbols of the popular rebellion of 2018, confirmed from his exile in the US. His motto, which in recent hours has been repeated by other priests and their parishioners is “this people crucified, resurrect”.

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