"There is nothing to celebrate": women demand justice Mother's Day in Nicaragua

“There is nothing to celebrate": women demand justice Mother’s Day in Nicaragua

With a flag in hand and wearing a shirt with a screen print of her son’s face, the Nicaraguan Candelaria Díaz participated this Sunday in a demonstration in San José, Costa Rica.

Like other mothers and relatives, she demanded justice for her son Carlos Manuel Díaz, murdered in the protests against President Daniel Ortega, in 2018.

The march that began in the emblematic park known as La Merced, in San José, Costa Ricatook place just one day before this May 30, which in Nicaragua was recently decreed as Mother’s Day, amid criticism precisely because several students were murdered years ago during the protests that exacerbated the crisis in the Central American nation.

“There is nothing to celebrate, for us May 30 will never be the same, our children will not congratulate us again. My grandson asks me about his father. He says that his daddy will come back one day,” he said while crying.

Diaz assured the voice of america that demonstrating in Nicaragua, as he did on Sunday in Costa Rica, would cost him jail or siege.

That is why, from exile, she remembered the death of her son, who was murdered on May 30, 2018 in the city of Masaya, located south of Managua.

“These dates are a pain for me,” he acknowledges.

The government of Daniel Ortega maintains that the 2018 protests were a coup attempt to overthrow him. Human rights organizations inside and outside of Nicaragua contradict his argument.

Susana López, mother of the young Gerald Vázquez, also murdered in 2018, participated in the demonstration and emphasized that she welcomed the recent formation of a group of United Nations experts who will carry out “exhaustive” investigations into the alleged abuses and violations of human rights. human rights in Nicaragua.

“I feel satisfied because these investigations will be carried out. Those carried out by the Special Follow-up Mechanism for Nicaragua (MESENI) of the IACHR concluded until May 30, so for me it is very satisfactory that the commission will be carried out in four years,” said López, also exiled in Costa Rica.

Candelaria Díaz is the mother of a young man murdered on May 30, 2018 in Nicaragua. This Sunday she participated in a demonstration. Photo Houston Castillo, VOA

López, an activist who is part of the Madres de Abril group, made up of the parents of the university students, activists and opponents assassinated in 2018, stressed that there is no need for Nicaragua to open its doors to her because “from exile we have the necessary elements to demonstrate what they are looking for.”

Regarding Mother’s Day in Nicaragua, opponents also called for demonstrations in other countries such as the United States and Spain, which is where there are more Nicaraguan exiles.

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