March 7, 2021

Ortega says he is making progress in consolidating peace amid antioposition deployment

Ortega says he is making progress in consolidating peace amid antioposition deployment



The Government of Nicaragua said Wednesday that it is working "to consolidate peace" in the country, where it has deployed police contingents hours before a demonstration against President Daniel Ortega and on the eve of the first anniversary of the crisis that has left hundreds of dead

"We are moving forward, working together to consolidate the peace that God wants for Nicaragua," the Sandinista Executive said in a message to the Nicaraguans about the Holy Week, in which he also spoke of the miracles of the resurrection, restoration, and the revival.

The message was disseminated through official media while the National Police carried out a vast deployment in various points of Managua in which it is expected that opposition groups appear to participate in the demonstration.

The protest was called by the opposition National Blue and White Unity, which maintained the call to take to the streets and exercise the right to freedom of expression despite the fact that the National Police did not authorize the mobilization, arguing that its promoters have been involved "in the serious alterations to public order ".

"The march is going," the National Unit indicated in a public letter released on Tuesday, in which it urges the international community "to call on the Government of Nicaragua not to repress this mobilization."

The deployment of armed police in Managua has increased this Wednesday with the passing of hours in some areas, especially those that were the scene of large protests last year.

In cities such as Niquinohomo and Rivas (Pacific) some opponents denounced the "siege" of the Nicaraguan Police through social networks.

Official groups disclosed on social networks that will accompany the National Police in its deployment on Wednesday.

Some 325 people have died in the framework of the sociopolitical crisis in Nicaragua that is celebrating its first anniversary tomorrow, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), while local humanitarian agencies speak of up to 568 and the Executive recognizes 199.

The protests have also left between 779 and 809 "political prisoners", almost double those recognized by the government, which identifies them as "terrorists", "coup" or "common criminals".

The IACHR has held the Government of Nicaragua responsible for crimes against humanity.

The Organization of American States (OAS) is in the process of implementing the Inter-American Democratic Charter, for breaking the constitutional order, which if executed, would suspend Nicaragua from the continental body.

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