Nicaragua marks the 1979 revolutionary day and the enemy is imprisoned


Nicaragua, Managua (AP) — The Government of Nicaragua held a rally and celebration on Monday, July 19, 1979, to commemorate the anniversary of the revolution that defeated dictator Anastasia Somoza. However, most opposition leaders have been imprisoned, and many Nicaraguans have stated that President Daniel Ortega behaves in the same way as Somoza 42 years ago.

Some of Sandinista’s major revolutionaries who fought with Ortega in 1979 are now imprisoned by him. Most of the people arrested in the crackdown that began in late May have been detained out of touch in private locations without lawyers or family visits.

The 75-year-old Ortega is seeking four consecutive terms in the November 7 election, and his six major rival candidates have been detained. Most people face vague claims of crime against the state. Ortega argues that the country’s April 2018 street protest was part of a systematic coup attempt with foreign support.

The coronavirus pandemic did not prevent the ruling Sandinista party from decorating squares and stadiums with the party’s black and red flags, hosting concerts, baseball games, and public rallies.

Ortega’s wife and vice president Rosario Murillo said there are about 5,000 events planned, from children’s pinata parties to baseball games. The party began on Sunday night with fireworks and revolutionary music for thousands of people gathered at Plaza de la Fe in Managua.

“I thank God for this revolution, which represents the struggle and victory for the dignity of the country,” Murillo said.

Currently arrested is the 65-year-old Dramalia Teres, a former guerrilla commander who later split with Ortega and became the leader of the Sandinista Renovation Movement. Another imprisoned former Sandinista guerrilla and leader of the innovation movement, Hugo Torres, is 73 years old.

“It’s a shame for us to mark July 19 by imprisoning heroes in the fight against Somoza, such as Dora Maria Theres, Victor Hugo Tinoco, and Hugo Torres.” Former guerrilla commander Monica Baltodano said.

Tinoco, the leader of the political movement Unamos, is a former assistant minister of foreign affairs and a former UN ambassador.

Teres led the assault on Sandinista’s National Palace in 1978, taking hostage members of Somoza’s parliament in exchange for the release of rebel prisoners. After the overthrow of Somoza, Teres was Minister of Health in the first Sandinista government to rule from 1979 to 1990.

As a sign of the times, Bartodano spoke to the Associated Press in a telephone interview from a “safe house” in a private location. She is also afraid that she will be arrested soon.

“This regime is the opposite of all the utopia we fought, with thousands of colleagues giving their lives,” said Bartodano.

Some of the people who came across the festival said that their support for Ortega was unwavering. “We support revolution, love, freedom, and harmony here,” said Cynthia Cardosa.

After the revolution expelled Somoza, Ortega initially ruled until 1990. In 1990, he lost the election after years of attacks on the US-backed government. He returned to president in 2007 after failing three election attempts and won the re-election in 2011. He was then re-elected in 2016, circumventing term restrictions and stuffing allies into courts and government agencies. The Sandinista Party has ruled courts and legislatures and has oppressed universities and the Roman Catholic Church.

Six of the most famous candidates have already been put in jail, the field is heavily inclined in favor of Ortega, and some have urged opponents to stop without justifying Ortega’s victory. Candidates must be registered by August 2nd.

“The November 7 election has already been foretold for fraud,” Bartodano said.

Travel visas for 100 lawmakers, judges and prosecutors who said last week that the U.S. Department of State helped the Ortega administration by applying fake “treason” and censorship laws to justify the arrest of the enemy. Announced to cancel.

In June, Mexico and Argentina recalled an ambassador to Nicaragua for talks, and the Organization of American States passed a resolution condemning the arrest of major opposition forces, prominent businessmen, and former government officials.

Josefina Vijil is the mother of opposition activist Tamara Dávila and sister of Ana Margarita Vijil, both of whom have been arrested. They are just two of the things that Josefina Vigil said was 134 political prisoners in Nicaragua.

“When there is oppression, imprisonment, and censorship, it is impossible (even if twisted later) to commemorate the uprising for freedom and justice,” Josefina Vigil wrote in her social media account.

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