The Vice President of Nicaragua, Rosario Murillo, blamed the businessmen established in the country on Tuesday for the serious local crisis, which has left hundreds dead, as well as an economic recession, and called not to forget that responsibility.
“No one can forget, who laid off more than 160,000 workers from their private companies, who took the opportunity to close businesses, failed before, for bad practices and visible and invisible corruption,” said Murillo through the government media, which is chaired by her husband, the Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega.
Since Ortega returned to power in 2007, his Government and the private sector maintained a close relationship, which according to local political analysts consisted of improving macroeconomic numbers by sacrificing human rights, but said “model” failed in April 2018, with the popular outbreak against the president.
The “model of public-private partnership,” as the parties involved called it, was broken by businessmen in mid-2018, when they rejected armed attacks and extrajudicial executions of the Government, which have left hundreds of dead, prisoners or missing, and tens of thousands in exile, since the popular uprising against Ortega.
Investors have given their public support for a change in government, which will lead to the return of democracy to Nicaragua.
Murillo reiterated that “nobody can forget” the decision of the businessmen.
“In the name of an accommodative and decomposed conception of ‘democracy’, a version of its own, looting and selfish, after having burned, vilified, slandered and defamed, they cynically accused, arguing that the country was collapsing and everything was failed, to fly with capitals to what they believed havens, emptying of wealth, ”Murillo complained.
The first lady gave her words a day after it became known that there is pressure within the European Parliament to issue economic sanctions against the government of her husband.
The vice president of Nicaragua is part of about twenty people, including relatives and relatives of Ortega, who have received international economic sanctions under accusations of grave human rights violations and corruption.
In addition to the first lady, the United States and Canada have applied sanctions to their consuegro and head of the National Police, Francisco Díaz; as well as his children Laureano and Rafael Ortega Murillo.
Other relatives of Ortega sanctioned are his assistant Néstor Moncada Lau; the treasurer of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), Francisco López; the head of the National Assembly and union leader, Gustavo Porras; the health advisor, Sonia Castro; and the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, retired general Óscar Mojica.
The reasons for these sanctions coincided with reports from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Ancudh), which point to the Government of Ortega as responsible for the violence in Nicaragua, including crimes against humanity.
Murillo, who, like Ortega, explained that they defend themselves against a “failed coup d’etat,” insisted that armed attacks and human rights violations are the responsibility of dissent, including businessmen.
“No one can forget who attacked, burned, raped, murdered, barricaded, nobody can forget the sacrificial blessings, to so many crimes against humanity,” said the first lady, in an address under the title “Love that everything can, Love! that always wins! ”
Until the social outbreak against Ortega the economy of Nicaragua grew by more than 4% annually, since then, it suffered a contraction of 3.8% and inflation of 3.89% in 2018, and a decline of 3.5% with a 6.13% inflation in 2019, according to official data.
Nicaragua did not experience a similar crisis since the 1980s, also under the presidency of Ortega.