March 4, 2021

Nicaragua's sexual diversity charges Ortega in the march of the LGBT Pride

Members of the Nicaraguan sexual diversity celebrated on Monday the march of the LGBT Pride (of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders) shouting slogans against the government presided over by the Sandinista Daniel Ortega, whom they point out of not respecting citizens' rights.

"Viva Nicaragua libre" and "What is the route? Let the son of a bitch go," shouted, among others, the demonstrators, alluding to the president, whom they blame for most of the hundreds of deaths that have left the anti-government protests that began in April 2018.

Waving rainbow flags that symbolize sexual diversity and flags of Nicaragua, symbol of the protests against the Ortega government, the LGBT community was concentrated within the campus of the Jesuit Central American University (UCA), in the capital.

The demonstrators, including students opposed to the government, showed signs with messages such as "Nicaragua libre and cochona – a term used to refer to homosexuals in the country -" and thus express their support for the LGBT community and their disagreement with the Nicaraguan Executive.

Participants made a tour with flags and banners inside the campus and some of them covered their faces with multicolored scarves or blue and white colors of the Nicaraguan flag, to avoid being identified.

The sit-in, which lasted a little over an hour, was held within the UCA for reasons of "security" and the refusal of the authorities to grant permission for public gatherings that are not related to the ruling party, according to the organizers.

"Since we could not leave on June 28, because today we are doing it, pronouncing ourselves within the university and demanding respect for the rights of sexual diversity, we respect the rights of Nicaraguans," said Byron Estrada, one of those considered "political prisoners" who was released under a controversial Amnesty Law and participated in the sit-in.

The activity was also attended by other so-called "political exreos" to express their support for the sexual community.

"Alert, alert, warning that walks, the fight maricona Latin America", "I do not like bread, I like the omelet, the national omelet", sang, among others, the protesters while asking the authorities of the UCA open more the debate on sexual diversity.

The march was monitored, from outside the UCA, by dozens of riot police.

Homosexuality is not a taboo subject in Nicaragua, but its members tend to suffer the common drawbacks of sexual diversity, such as not giving themselves up for fear of their parents, mistreatment of the authorities and discrimination, among others, according to its members.

As in other countries, the LGBT Pride march commemorates the 50th anniversary of the clashes that followed the police raid on June 28, 1969 at the gay bar Stonewall Inn in New York.

The protests that followed the operation are widely considered one of the founding events of the gay rights movement in the United States and, later, in other parts of the world.

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