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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.

1 comment

  1. «From folk hero to dictator». It is a pity and a shame that Ny Tid, in the October issue, also takes part in the propaganda war against Nicaragua, even in a worse way than the NATO media.

    Examples: the elected president Daniel Ortega is called dictator and lifelong president and it is said that HE changed the constitution, which of course would have been impossible without having a majority behind him in the National Assembly. And he will only become a "lifetime president" if the people continue to re-elect him, most recently with over 70% of the votes in 2016. In local elections last year, the support was just as great.

    The fact that there is a violent US-backed uprising in the country does not mention Ana Valdés in a word. And when the US and other countries' sanctions are discussed towards the end, it happens in a context that shows that she thinks it is a deserved punishment against the "regime", despite the fact that the sanctions hit quite blindly, like most other sanctions. Yes, bombs are more precise weapons than sanctions, as they are usually fairly targeted, while sanctions affect EVERYONE, from infants to the elderly.

    It is typical that Valdes uses the rebels' numbers, 448, on the number of people killed in the uprising, not the government's, which is about half and where about half of those killed are on the government side.

    The article also contains a factual error that is unforgivable for people who consider themselves competent in Nicaragua. For Ortega's first term as President-elect was not from 1985 to 98, but from 1985 to 1990 (although he was de facto also leader from 1979 to 1985). Fy skam, Valdés.

    In addition to this a lot of gossip with allegations of sexual abuse etc.

    This is low-key, propaganda, not journalism, Truls Lie.
    Views and derogatory characteristics such as this would never have passed as journalism in Ny Tid if it had not been for the fact that this view is politically correct in Norway today.

    Wikipedia: «Ortega ran as a candidate in the 1990 presidential election, but was defeated by a coalition of 14 parties, led by Violeta Chamorro. Nevertheless, he remained an important political figure in the country. He was a losing candidate in the presidential election in both 1996 and 2001 before winning the election in 2006 ………… Daniel Ortega was re-elected as president in 2011 in his third, and in 2016 as for his fourth term. The last time with 71% of the votes ».

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