May 11, 2021

The opposition maintains the march despite the ban and calls on Ortega not to "repress"

The opposition maintains the march despite the ban and calls on Ortega not to "repress"



The opposition National Blue and White Unit of Nicaragua announced on Tuesday that it maintains the call for a mobilization for Wednesday against the government of Daniel Ortega in the context of the crisis that broke out a year ago, although the National Police did not authorize it.

"The march is going," the National Unit indicated in a public letter, in which it urges the international community "to call on the Government of Nicaragua not to repress this mobilization and to respect the fundamental and inalienable right of free expression and mobilization."

That coalition observed that "since April of last year the Ortega Murillo regime maintains the country in a de facto state of exception and breaking of the entire constitutional order."

The citizen mobilization is scheduled for this Wednesday at 2:00 pm (20:00 GMT) between the "Central America" ​​roundabout and the "Alexis Argüello" monument, on one of the main avenues of Managua.

In the public letter, the National Unit argued that free mobilization is a right enshrined in the Political Constitution of Nicaragua and will make use of it.

In addition, they call for that civic and peaceful march in order to continue demanding freedom and justice with democracy.

The Nicaraguan Police decided on Tuesday "not to authorize" that public mobilization under the argument that the Blue and White National Unity does not have legal personality.

In addition, because that opposition movement has been "involved in the serious disturbances to public order that occurred during the last weekend" in a shopping center in Managua, "in which people were injured and affected the activities of trade and recreation."

The National Unit has rejected these accusations and has denounced, with videos as evidence, that their protests are peaceful until the police and paramilitary pro-government have carried out attacks against civilians, with the use of even weapons of various types.

The police appealed to its creative law to reject the demonstration, despite criticism from jurist and constitutional experts, which indicate that no law is above the Constitution of Nicaragua, which guarantees freedom of expression without the need for a license.

The police rejection occurs two days before the first anniversary of the social outbreak against Ortega, which occurred on April 18, 2018, which left 325 dead according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH), although local humanitarian agencies point to 568, while that the Executive recognizes 199.

There are also between 779 and 809 "political prisoners", almost twice the number recognized by the government, which identifies them as "terrorists", "coup" or "common criminals".

A group of independent experts supervised by 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, by breaking the constitutional order, which if executed would suspend Nicaragua from the continental body.

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