EDITORIAL

Government repression fuels Nicaraguan revolt

April 19, 2018 — Protesters confront police at Nicaragua's National Agrarian University in Managua, Nicaragua. PHOTO: Jorge Torres / EPA-EFE
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Betrayed and sorely afflicted, Nicaraguan workers and students and campesinos are sustaining a massive uprising against a reactionary and corrupt regime, led by President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Rosario Murillo.

This is a poor nation where 70 percent of the people are under the age of 30, and 50 percent of them are unemployed. So it is no wonder that university students initiated protests that continue to rock the country.

Marches erupted on April 19 with angry protests against social security cutbacks. But after the regime viciously repressed peaceful demonstrators — half of them women — an anti-government movement swelled to include public schools and poor neighborhoods. An estimated 63 have so far been assassinated. Countless others have been “disappeared,” jailed and beaten by police and bands of youthful government supporters.

Nicaragua’s business community, the Organization of American States and the imperialist presidency of Donald Trump all support “peace negotiations” under the auspices of the Catholic Church hierarchy. But grassroots activists demand the prosecution and jailing of all those responsible for bloody acts of state repression, beginning with Ortega and Murillo. We support the people of Nicaragua in their demand for justice!

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