State Employees And Sandinistas March In Nicaragua For Love

Managua, Feb. 15 (EFE) .- Hundreds of Nicaraguan State employees and supporters of the official Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) party went out on Saturday to the streets of different cities in Nicaragua to participate in new marches inspired by love.

The participants, in smaller quantities than in other official manifestations, once again wore red-and-black flags and scarves, features of the FSLN, white shirts alluding to the Government and clothes with military colors.

On this occasion, the employees of the State and the Sandinista militants marched under the slogan “With love that everything can and that everything wins, women for life”, although the meaning of the phrase has not been explained.

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Unlike other activities organized by the Government to show the popularity of the country’s president, Daniel Ortega, today’s walks were convened late in the afternoon and concluded shortly after being initiated.

The marches occurred in cities such as Managua, Juigalpa (center) or Siuna (northeast).

Sandinista deputy José Antonio Zepeda said that “this effort is important, as a commitment, and a responsibility we have, to defend peace,” through government media.

These pro-government marches contrast with a strict prohibition established by the Government towards any demonstration that is not organized by the Executive, as well as with the veto on the public display of the Nicaraguan flag, which does not apply to the Sandinistas.

The prohibition of demonstrations, group mobilizations or non-official meetings has been in force in Nicaragua since 2018, despite the fact that the measure violates the Constitution according to legal experts.

These freedoms were suspended as a result of the popular uprising against Ortega initiated in April 2018, which caused an armed reaction from the Government that has since left hundreds of dead, prisoners and disappeared, thousands of wounded and tens of thousands of exiles.

According to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), 328 people have died in the context of the crisis, although local organizations count to 684, and Ortega admits 200, while claiming to be the victim of a “failed coup d’etat.”

Both the IACHR and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Acnudh) hold the Government responsible for violence.

A similar conflict was not in Nicaragua since the 1980s, also with Ortega as president of the country. EFE

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