Nicaragua seeks escape from violence

  • EFE

For more than 25 days the clashes and riots have not stopped in Nicaragua. Before the wave of repression, deaths and the call of national and international entities to put an end to the crisis, ending Monday, the government of Daniel Ortega and the detractors who ask for his resignation reached an agreement.

According to the information provided by both parties, the negotiation will begin next Wednesday, May 16.

The Nicaraguan president gave his approval to allow a mission of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to visit the Central American country to "observe" what has been happening on the streets since the middle of April.

"The Government of Nicaragua expresses its consent for the Commission to make such a work visit as soon as possible, with the objective of observing in loco the human rights situation in Nicaragua in the context of the events of April 18, 2018 to date," reads an official document initialed by Foreign Minister Denis Moncada.

The presence of the specialized organization in the custody of human rights, responds to the request made by the representatives of the Catholic Church in the country, who gave an ultimatum to the government to put on display "credible signs" for the realization of a national dialogue with the participation of all the parties involved.

The university coalition, supported by the business sector, representatives of civil society and the peasant movement, agreed to sit down at a round table, describing the event as "taking the risk" of participating.

Until last Sunday, the death toll amounted to 53 people according to data from the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH) as a result of the ongoing clashes between demonstrators, police forces and shock groups in favor of the national government, to which they are known as "The Sandinista Youth".

What began as a complaint made due to the reforms made by the Nicaraguan Institute of Social Security (INSS), as days go by, has resulted in complaints against corruption, demanding freedom of the press, among other issues and in an excessive response from the government under the orders of Ortega and the first lady of the republic, Rosario Murillo.

Such is the level of tension lived in the streets of Nicaragua, that the National Army issued days ago, a statement where they call for peace, they bet on the meeting between the parties and are in complete solidarity with the victims.

"Dialogue is the only route to avoid irreversible damage to our people, our economy, national development and our security" says the military statement while supporting the government's actions in the search for a peaceful solution, the presence of the Church and cry "no to violence, no to instability. Yes to tranquility, yes to peace."

After the latest events, both Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), and Pablo Abrao, executive secretary of the IACHR, Pablo Abrao, were pleased and hopeful in the face of the wave of violence.

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