The opponent and political prisoner Sergio Beteta Carrillo It was two years since he was arbitrarily detained by the Police at the service of the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo.
On December 21, 2020, the young man from Managua burned the flag of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) and waved that of Nicaragua, demanding the unity of the opposition, which caused a dozen policemen and Ortega fanatics to beat him. , to later take him into custody and charge him with drug possession crimes.
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Article 66 He managed to capture the moment when the ex-entrenched in UNAN-Managua, during the 2018 protests, carried out the act of protest in the vicinity of the Central American University (UCA) to later be violently subdued by the regime’s uniformed officers.
Four days ago, exactly on December 24, Beteta reached his 32nd birthday, he was unable to celebrate it with his relatives because he is serving a sentence of five years and nine months in prison for the alleged crimes of drug trafficking and illegal possession of weapons.
Victim of physical and verbal aggression
In addition to the arbitrary confinement suffered by the political activist, he has also been subjected to verbal and physical attacks in recent months by common criminals who declare themselves faithful servants of the Daniel Ortega regime.
A source from La Modelo informed Article 66 that at the end of this year Sergio Beteta was attacked on two occasions, on one of them they injured one of his eyes.
“After the attacks on the prisoner, the other prisoners told him that” I hope you feel like burning more flags” —in reference to the protest action against the Ortega dictatorship—,” explained the prison source.
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Regarding the reasons for the attacks on the prisoner of conscience, according to the informant, it all starts with political issues. “The other inmates begin to offend him because of the context in which the country lives, but this boy —Sergio Beteta— does not give up because he has a strong character and that causes several to lash out against him.”
Currently, the political prisoner is locked up in one of the cells of gallery one of the Penitentiary System, after being changed from gallery three, due to the recent attack suffered.
This means of communication tried to communicate with Beteta’s relatives, to find out about his situation, however, contact could not be established.
Sergio Beteta was in exile in Costa Rica, but decided to return to Nicaragua —according to his friends— to continue his political activism demanding the freedom of his country.
The Ortega dictatorship has locked up more than 230 political prisoners, whom it has accused and convicted of common crimes or alleged treason. In the list of kidnapped 12 priests are added, including Monsignor Rolando Álvarez, bishop of the Diocese of Matagalpa.