(posted July 12, 4:30 p.m.)- The Independent Liberal Party (PLI) says it will start to secretly organize marches in favor of free and fair municipal elections after police and Sandinista municipal workers allegedly blocked a scheduled march today in Juigalpa, Chontales.
PLI congressman Eliseo Núñez today denounced the National Police for allegedly impeding a march on the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) offices in Juigalpa. In addition, he says, Sandinista municipal workers allegedly dug up the paving bricks and blockaded the streets where the march was scheduled to occur.
“The National Police today went along with the political games of the ruling party by detaining our trucks and busses from the municipalities of Santo Domingo, La Libertad, Villa Sandino and El Coral,” Núñez said in a statement. “I want to make it very clear that this was a police action.”
In total, “2,000-3,000” PLI protesters were barred from attending the march, Núñez estimates. However, other protesters from areas closer to Juigalpa were still able to march on the CSE.
“Despite everything, we think the march was a success,” Núñez says.
To avoid similar blockades in the future, Núñez says the PLI will not make public announcements prior to subsequent marches.
The PLI has still not said whether it will participate in the November municipal elections.