Singer Mario Ruiz goes into exile after police persecution against him

Nicaraguan singer-songwriter Mario Rene Ruiz decided to join the list of dozens of musicians critical of the Daniel Ortega dictatorship who decide to go into exile to protect their lives and freedom.

The interpreter of “The Gust”a song dedicated to the victims of the 2018 repression, had to leave Nicaragua last month after being the victim of siege, persecution and prison threats by the Police at the service of the Ortega regime.

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Article 66 He learned that on April 12, police officers maintained surveillance at the musician’s house. In addition, drones were flying over the area and a patrol was outside his residence for more than 72 hours.

“The persecution against Mario René forced him to move, however he continues to sing and express himself demanding justice,” said a source on condition of anonymity.

The attack against the singer-songwriter occurred the same day that the Police arrested musicians Josué Monroy, Leonardo Canales, Emilia Arienti, as well as music producers Salvador Espinoza and Xóchitl Tapia, without a court order, who were later released, but banished from the country.

Participate in concert for the freedom of political prisoners

Next Saturday, June 4, Mario Ruiz will participate in a virtual concert in “solidarity with the political prisoners of the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo.”

“I was born to be free” is the title of the planned artistic day, where Nicaraguan singer-songwriters Ceshia Ubau and Nakury, who are also outside of Nicaragua, will also participate.

Singer Mario Ruiz goes into exile after police persecution against him
Singer Mario Ruiz goes into exile after police persecution against him. Photo: Article 66 / Noel Miranda

Likewise, artists and personalities from around the world will join the virtual concert with messages of solidarity for the hostages of the dictatorship. Among them are: the Uruguayan singer Jorge Drexler; the NBA player, Enes Freedom; the Spanish singer Pedro Guerra, the director for the Americas of Amnesty International, Erika Guevara Rosas; and the Nicaraguan opponent and national baseball star Denis Martínez.

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The 41-year-old artist is originally from the municipality of Diriá, Granada, a member of the musical groups Milly Majuc and Garcín. Since the April 2018 revolution, he decided to use his talent to honor those killed at the hands of the Daniel Ortega dictatorship.

Ruiz, together with the musical groups Milly Majuc, Garcín, Los Minúsculos and The Camels, composed songs that later became hymns against the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo. They are between them: What are you going to do?, The Ráfaga (dedicated to Marcelo Mayorga), Time in Silence, They were students, I love my flag and It hurts the little land.

Singer Mario Ruiz goes into exile after police persecution against him
Mario René Ruiz, 43, is a Nicaraguan singer-songwriter, originally from the municipality of Diriá, Granada, a member of the musical groups Milly Majuc and Garcín. Photo: Article 66 / Noel Miranda

He also participated with the group of national artists with the theme: “I come to offer my heart”. One of the most recent music that she participated with other artists was “Let’s all fuck”song criticizes the deputy dictator Rosario Murillo.

So far, the musician has no plans to return to Nicaragua to protect his life and that of his family. Ruiz joins thousands of Nicaraguans who, because they were opponents, became “enemies” of the Ortega government.



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