The opposition Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy, declared a “national political alert & rdquor; in Nicaragua for the “repressive escalation of police violence & rdquor; against dissidents, in the context of the socio-political crisis that the country has been experiencing since April 2018.
In a public statement, the opposition movement denounced that said escalation was accentuated at the beginning of this week, when members of the Alliance posted images of the president’s face Daniel Ortega with the mustache in the style of the German dictator Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), in 80% of the municipalities of Nicaragua.
Ortega and a part of the Nicaraguan population are at odds after the armed attacks against anti-government demonstrations in 2018, which left hundreds dead, imprisoned or missing, thousands injured, and tens of thousands in exile.
Although the alert was classified as “political & rdquor ;, the Civic Alliance made reference to the violence in general, that for a part of the population has increased, in the face of the refusal of the National Police.
The opponents pointed out that the “robberies, assaults, deaths, and injuries, due to the delinquency, they have frightened the people, after the regime released some 22,000 common prisoners in these years (since 2016) & rdquor ;.
They ask for international help
The Alliance called on “all sectors to actively denounce these events and the international community & rdquor ;, and asked the Organization of American States (OAS), the European Union, and the United Nations (UN), “promote actions to protect the people of Nicaragua, their freedom, their health and their lives & rdquor ;.
The alert also covered the issue of the pandemic of COVID-19, because according to the dissidents “the dictatorship continues to promote agglomerations that expose contagion, after receiving 43 million dollars from the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) to combat it. & rdquor ;.
The “relentless persecution against independent journalists, with false accusations and rigged lawsuits & rdquor ;, the “embargoes and alleged millionaire tax objections of hundreds of businessmen, which reflect a policy of fiscal terrorism by the regime & rdquor ;, and the recent embargo of an unofficial television station, also led to the Alliance to publicize the alert.
“All these events are taking place in pre-election period, in which there are no signs of the electoral reforms that the government promised in December 2019, clouding the certainty of the 2021 & rdquor; elections, explained the movement, which hopes to remove Ortega by way of suffrage within 14 months, if of not getting him to resign sooner.
Poverty and exclusion
The Alliance also complained because “the Government is only interested in financing its repressive apparatus& rdquor ;, while “the high cost of living & rdquor ;,“ poverty & rdquor ;, and the lack of investment & rdquor; increase.
“The country is rapidly losing viability, we are heading towards the total collapse of the weak institutional framework, and Nicaragua is heading towards a situation of chaos and uncertainty& rdquor;, he warned.
The Civic Alliance, which brings together representatives of various sectors of Nicaraguan society, was the government’s interlocutor in the negotiations to overcome the local crisis in 2018 and 2019, which failed amid accusations that Ortega did not comply with the commitments to respect the Constitution and the human rights.