Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Ortega's Death Squads

Amnesty International has accused the Nicaraguan government of colluding with paramilitary groups to suppress weeks of student-led demonstrations against President Daniel OrtegaIt said the groups used semi-automatic weapons and co-ordinated their attacks with the security forces. Around 80 people have died so far in the protests which began in April, triggered by welfare reforms.  President Ortega later revoked his plans but the demonstrations turned into broader unrest against his government.
Amnesty International (AI) said the armed groups were often made up of pro-government students and motorcyclists.
"These groups appear to be acting with the acquiescence of the state, as is demonstrated firstly by the fact that most of the attacks were committed by private individuals in the presence of or in co-ordination with the security forces," the report said. "Secondly, by the fact that the police did not pursue the perpetrators after the crimes were committed, but rather allowed them to flee the scene and disperse."
The possibility of extrajudicial killings had already been highlighted in another damning report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR.)  Earlier this month, the IACHR visited Nicaragua and said it had seen grave violations of human rights during the protests - characterised, it said, by the excessive use of force by state security forces and armed third parties.

1 comment:

Tim Hart said...

It’s such a shame that Daniel Ortega has gone off the rails, or perhaps he was never on them? In the 1980’ he was a pin up of mine, but the poster has definitely come off my bedroom wall now; the hopes of another desperate people dashed by a self-proclaimed left revolutionary who has succumbed to greed, corruption, and coercion to maintain his slender grip on power. Don’t they all? This failed model of revolutionary change, led by charismatic men seizing control of the state apparatus in the name of the people, always ends in tears. It gets socialism such a bad press. And the pundits can point to yet another socialist experiment gone wrong in order to deter those individuals from ever dreaming that capitalism could be replaced by something better. But in reality what the situation in Nicaragua shows is that you need to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. Socialism is not a marketing slogan or a pick and mix of policies. It needs to be complete, both in its ideological anchors and its operational procedures. The SPGB has the recipe. It’s just the simple matter of the cake being baked!