Letter: Reject violence from government forces in Nicaragua


Dear Sir:

The Democratic Alternative 91 (DA’91) political party in Suriname condemns the increasing violence in Nicaragua as well as the resulting killings of citizens. The number of death is exorbitant. According to a recent report of the OAS human rights commission (IACHR) 254 deaths in 86 days of crisis. The situation is such that regional organizations as well as the UN daily address the issue and call upon all involved to stop the violence through the means of political dialogue.

The government of Nicaragua belongs to the group of governments, amongst which also Venezuela, with whom the government of Desi Bouterse, maintains special relations. In August 2017, the then minister of trade and industry even pointed to Nicaragua as a model for Suriname.

DA’91 condemns the deprivation of liberty of, amongst others, human rights activists and the murdering of protesting citizens. Only truth, justice and a sustainable end of repressive government can save Nicaragua. For justice to triumph it is necessary that those who are instigators and supporters of the violence, regardless of their position and role, are identified.

DA’91 does not work by a double standard in the condemning of repressive government and calls on all governments, especially our own Surinamese government, to do the same. Making use of lies and deception to explain away that which is destructive is only done by those who are of the same character as the perpetrators.

The only way forward for Nicaragua is one based on free and fair elections. The accusations towards citizens of coup attempts on the government of Nicaragua have been proven baseless, and the murders are mostly the work of militias and other armed groups related and loyal to the government of Nicaragua.

Even though the eruption in Nicaragua has proven to be a spontaneous explosion as a reaction on actions by the government, the rulers keep on accusing the opposition of willfully creating a crisis. This while the opposition in a large part, due to actions by this government, has been dismantled.

The Human rights report points to Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo as the main human rights offenders. This is an extrication of the regime in Nicaragua.

DA’91 stands with the people of Nicaragua and condemns the repression, the human rights violations.

We call on the government of Suriname as well as all the governments in the CARICOM, in the interest of the people of Nicaragua and in the interest of our region, to actively support initiatives to restore peace, harmony, the rule of law and democracy in Nicaragua, whereby law and justice have to prevail.

Democratic Alternative 91



  1. Don’t count on support from the Honourable Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent of the Grenadines, who has never met or heard of a left-wing, totalitarian and murderous leader he didn’t love whether it be Daniel Ortega, Fidel Castro, his brother Raul Castro, Mao Zedong, Hugo Chavez, Nicolas Madura, Josef Stalin, Ho Chi Minh, or Che Guevara despite the fact that his own leadership has been characterized by a close embrace of foreign capitalists of questionable character.

    This is no contradiction but one of many examples of the compatibility between Marxist theoretical bombast and capitalist practical success.

    • What I get a kick out of is these groups such as the U.N. who condemn the violence and demand things from Noriega. Big deal! What does Noriega care what these toothless organizations think or say. Most of these organizations are nothing but a waste of money and political capital. If the U.N. doesn’t have a standing army that it is ready to use to effect change, then it is nothing but hot air.

  2. Like Maduro and Miguel Díaz-Canel, Ralph Gonsalves would prefer to propagate, enhance and support the violence hoping it will bring with it a full Marxist revolution.

  3. December 2008, Russian warships visited Nicaragua at the invitation of president Daniel Ortega, Wilfredo Navarro of the opposition Constitutionalist Liberal Party said that without parliamentary approval the naval visit would be a breach of the Constitution. During the visit, Russian officials donated about $200,000 worth of generators and computers to hospitals, police, and the army. December 2008, Russian warships visited Nicaragua at the invitation of president Daniel Ortega, although Wilfredo Navarro of the opposition Constitutional Liberal Party said that without parliamentary approval the naval visit would be a breach of the Constitution. During the visit, Russian officials donated about $200,000 worth of generators and computers to hospitals, police, and the army.

    December 18, 2008, Russia and Nicaragua concluded several bilateral agreements after talks between presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Daniel Ortega in Moscow, including Memorandums of understanding between the countries’ agriculture ministries, and between the Russian Federa Space Agency and Nicaragua’s Telecommunications.

    October 31, 2013 Nicaragua, Russia sign memorandum of international security cooperation. Another step in the strengthening of relations between Nicaragua and Russia made during a visit by a Russian delegation headed by Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev. The sides held negotiations on Wednesday and signed a memorandum of cooperation, which will allow the two countries to coordinate positions on the main problems of international security.

    “I am confident that the signed memorandum will promote cooperation between our two countries,” Patrushev said at a meeting with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. From the Nicaraguan side the document was signed by the country’s army Commander in Chief Julio Cesar Aviles.

    Russia’s Security Council secretary noted that “Nicaragua is an important partner and friend of Russia in Latin America,” pointing to the coincidence of views of the two countries’ authorities “on many issues.”

    Patrushev also expressed gratitude to the Nicaraguan government for supporting the position of the Russian Federation, which was the first to recognise the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. “I am confident that Nicaragua has set a good example to be followed by other countries,” said the Russian official.

    March 2014, Russia agrees to invest heavily in Nicaragua. They also will push ahead with building a navel military base in Nicaragua. In a press release, it says the commission discussed possible Russian investment in the areas of pharmacology, vehicle and air transportation, training in disaster preparedness, trade, and financing options for Russians who want to invest in Nicaragua.

    Russia has an embassy in Managua. Nicaragua has an embassy in Moscow.

    Russia operates a visa free program for Nicaragua.


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