August 3, 2020

Murillo affirms that the Government of Nicaragua does not crouch, after sanctions by the United States.

The vice president of Nicaragua, Rosario Murillo, said today that they will not bow to anyone, a day after the US Congress. approved a law that will sanction Daniel Ortega's government and limit its access to international loans until "fair and transparent free" elections are held.

"We do not decay, we do not bend over, we do not sit down, we do not get crushed," said Murillo, also first lady, in a message through official media.

The law, popularly known as the "Nica Act" and approved unanimously on Tuesday, imposes individual sanctions on members of Ortega's government and will limit Nicaragua's access to international loans, including those of the World Bank (WB) and the Inter-American Bank. of Development (BID).

Murillo said that "they can not and can not with the Nicaraguan soul", and that the inhabitants of the country have already "known hard times", so they know how to "appreciate and value peace".

He also acknowledged that this year Nicaragua is living "very hard times", due, he said, to "that hate crimes inexplicably raged in so many Nicaraguans", in reference to the sociopolitical crisis that began on April 18 and that has He left hundreds dead and detained in the framework of anti-government protests.

Murillo stressed that his government has been able to recover "from that destructive misfortune and that explosion of hatred that some promoted, that they are there and we know who they are" and, for that reason, they now value peace more.

After being approved in Congress, the law must be signed in the next ten days by the US president, Donald Trump, to take effect.

The "Nica Act" would be suspended only if the Ortega Executive calls for "free, fair and transparent" elections, according to the text of the legislation.

Nicaragua is experiencing a social and political crisis that has generated protests against the Ortega government and a balance of between 325 and 545 deaths, according to local and foreign human rights organizations, while the Executive figure in 199 deaths.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have held the Government responsible for "more than 300 deaths," as well as extrajudicial executions, torture and other abuses against demonstrators and opponents.

Ortega has denied the accusations and has assured that it is an attempt of "coup d'état".

The demonstrations against Ortega and Murillo began on April 18 due to failed social security reforms and became a demand for the president's resignation.


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