Sun. Feb 23rd, 2020

Ortega charges against employers and minimizes the closure of companies in Nicaragua

The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, charged this Friday against the private sector and minimized the closure of companies in the middle of the social, political and economic crisis that the country has been experiencing since April 2018.

In an act of state, which was transmitted on a mandatory basis by all the radio and television stations in Nicaragua, Ortega criticized the companies because, he said, they ask for exemptions and not pay taxes to "always have great profits."

"What are some companies breaking? What are they breaking!" Exclaimed the president.

This week the British company British American Tobacco, Nicaragua branch, dismissed 30% of its staff in the country, as a result of a cigarette tax increase of up to 210% that forced prices to increase and a reduction of 40 % in sales due to higher smuggling.

Formal companies in Nicaragua "want to earn more than they earned before they wanted to destroy the economy," Ortega launched, referring to the demonstrations against his government that broke out on April 18, 2018 for unpopular social security reforms.

The Sandinista president accused a part of business, which he did not identify and did not present evidence, of being part of the "conspiracy" that, in his opinion, tried to overthrow him with the social outbreak of almost 19 months ago.

He said there are companies in Nicaragua that "continue to finance the conspiracy" and now put political conditions to lift the economy, which last year contracted 3.8%.

"If an entrepreneur wants to put a political order, that forms a political party and we will see how he is doing in the elections," he urged.

Ortega said that "those are the messages" he receives from the Nicaraguan private sector to find a way out of the crisis.

"The only way they have is that, to work within the market laws that are working in Nicaragua," he added.

The Superior Council of Private Enterprise (Cosep) and the American Chamber of Commerce of Nicaragua (AmCham), the main employers of the country, are part of the opposition Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy, which was the counterpart of the Government at a table of negotiations that the president declared unilaterally concluded on July 30.

"They are still clinging to their coup political plan and by that way, simply," continued Ortega, who opposed to dialogue on political issues, to advance the elections scheduled for November 2021, or to renounce power.

The president called on businessmen to "reflect" and leave behind the "confrontation."

He also criticized the opposition protesters who carry out spontaneous pickets against his Government, whom he called "terrorist groups", as well as some bishops, whom he did not mention by name.

"There are a few schizophrenics and bleached graves that are part of the conspiracy," said the president, who asked the bishops to take care of his church and see the beam in his eye.

Ortega gave that speech during an act in which he paid a posthumous tribute to one of the founders of Sandinismo Carlos Fonseca Amador, who died in combat in the north of the country in November 1976.

Nicaragua suffers a serious crisis that has left 325 dead since April 2018, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), although some groups raise 651 fatalities, while the Executive only recognizes 200 and denounces an attempt to coup.

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