G7 statement should put the international community's focus on the Army and Police, opponents urge

G7 statement should put the international community’s focus on the Army and Police, opponents urge

After the “forceful, clear and direct” pronouncement of the Group of Seven (G7), where seven of the largest democratic economies in the world meet, Nicaraguan opponents consider that the international community must now set its sights on the actions of the Police and the Nicaraguan Army, the armed forces that support the dictatorship with the repression and violations of human rights that they mention in the statement, say opponents consulted by Article 66.

The former deputy and economist in exile Enrique Sáenz, through his personal account of “for the first time” of the outrages perpetrated by the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo.

Sáenz highlights that the G7 statement is “a clear and direct message”, which points out “the serious international crises” that must be paid attention to, and particularly the crisis in Nicaragua.

G7 concern should influence financing of the dictatorship

The opposition leader, also in exile, Alexa Zamora described the G7 statement as having a “high level of relevance” taking into account that it is a high-level forum where economic, political and human rights issues in the world are discussed.

Zamora highlights the importance that the seven most important democratic economies in the world, together with the European Union, clearly mention “the brutal repression and violation of human rights experienced in Nicaragua.”

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The opposition leader considers that these clear and direct statements must have “a potential impact on future investments that are going to be carried out in Nicaragua” because, in her opinion, no responsible investor would invest their money in a country so poorly rated, especially in terms of risk, as in Nicaragua.

On April 19, in the midst of the commemoration of the sixth anniversary of the civic rebellion of April 2018, which the Ortega-Murillo dictatorship appeased with blood and fire, perpetrating at least 355 murders, more than two thousand wounded and tens of thousands of exiles, the G7 issued a statement demanding that the Nicaraguan regime cease repression and release political prisoners.

G7 statement should put the international community's focus on the Army and Police, opponents urgeG7 statement should put the international community's focus on the Army and Police, opponents urge
The dictator Ortega and his father-in-law, the head of the Police at his service, Francisco Díaz.

“We call on the government of Nicaragua to end its human rights violations, as well as the widespread repression and violations and abuses against civil society, indigenous peoples, academics, students, the independent press and political and religious actors,” says the G7 statement.

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Zamora maintains that this call, which at the same time constitutes a denunciation, issued by the world economic forum should be taken as an extremely important argument “in terms of approval of international loans” for the Managua regime.

Likewise, he recalled that the Nicaraguan opposition and civil society organizations have had to carry out hard work to prevent new funds from being approved for the Nicaraguan regime and gave the example of the financing of the organization known as the Green Fund of Climate, a financing of 116 million dollars, coming from developed economies, intended for the mitigation of environmental damage and which was cancelled.

That they sanction the Army and the Police

For his part, the president of the opposition political organization Unión Democratica Renovadora (Unamos), Luis Blandón, believes that the G7 statement is very important because it denotes the clarity that the world’s economic powers have about the situation that Nicaragua is experiencing.

“It is important that they continue to sanction the circle of power (of the dictatorship), the Armed Forces and the National Police, who continue to support this dictatorship,” says Blandón.

The president of Unamos points out that the economic powers are very clear that there is a totalitarian system led by Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo and that is why they call, in a forceful and energetic manner, to end the repression in Nicaragua and urge respect from the human rights.

Likewise, he highlighted that the importance of the statement is given by the clarity that the economic powers have about the threat to regional security that Ortega represents and his links with totalitarian regimes such as Russia, Iran, North Korea and now with China.

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