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From folk hero to dictator 

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is more and more similar to his violent and dictatorial predecessor. 


The Vatican announced in August that Pope Frans is not coming to El Salvador and Nicaragua in October as many had expected. The intention was to go to Nicaragua's neighboring country, El Salvador, to canonize Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero. Romero was head of the El Salvador church and was killed while holding a communion in his own cathedral in 1980.

But the situation in Nicaragua is very threatening as many bishops receive death threats. As a result, Romero will instead be canonized in Rome 14. October. 

By August, the death toll from the unrest in Nicaragua had reached as many as 448, with more than 1500 injured. The country is divided in its efforts to reduce the use of violence and the political climate. . .

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Ana L. Valdés
Valdés is a writer, anthropologist and activist.

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