Former major league player Dennis Martínez sent a message in solidarity with the political prisoners of the Daniel Ortega regime and the relatives of those detained. “I do not lose hope that sooner rather than later Nicaragua will be free of all the oppression experienced in recent years,” said the Nicaraguan player. in a video released on the social networks of the Sé Humano platform.
Martínez raised his voice in denunciation of the situation in Nicaragua and the hostages of conscience, stating that “one of the main characteristics of the human being is the ability to reason, learn, and we are distinguished from any other living being by intelligence, self-awareness, and interaction with our fellow human beings. However, as of 2018 these characteristics have been lost in the people who have the power spring in the country.
The baseball legend pointed out that the dictatorship “has allowed hatred, revenge, excessive ambition for money and power to spread like a cancer, now the blue and white country of lakes and volcanoes that tried to develop in the midst of poverty It has become a prison. I call on the government that it is never too late to reconsider, to accept mistakes and to show signs of being human again by freeing political prisoners.
The “emergency” campaign promoted by Sé Humano Lucha aims to guarantee the humanitarian treatment of political prisoners in Nicaragua. Recently, it held a virtual concert to remember the conditions of torture in which more than 180 prisoners of conscience are found under the Ortega-Murillo regime.
Personalities such as the winner of the Oscar for Best Original Song 2005, Jorge Drexler, participated in the activity; the Nicaraguan poet and writer Gioconda Belli; the free agent of the National Basketball Association (NBA), Enes Kanter Freedom; or former major league pitcher Dennis Martínez, who demanded Ortega release the “political prisoners,” and also asked the international community to join the petition.
Martínez reminded the dictatorship that “advocating for a better country is not a crime” and concluded his message with a phrase from Nelson Mandela when he was in prison: “A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind bars of prejudice and the inability to see beyond.
According to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), since 2018 the crisis in Nicaragua has left at least 355 dead in anti-government demonstrations, while in the country’s prisons there are still more than 180 political prisoners, including opposition leaders, peasants, students, journalists, feminist leaders, businessmen, and even human rights defenders.