An anti-government group known as the Patriotic Movement for the Republic (MPR) is calling on Nicaraguan civil society to “lose its fear” and unite in an “organized and combative civil struggle” against what it calls the “dictatorial” alliance of power between President Daniel Ortega and the country’s top business chamber, the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (COSEP).
In a public declaration read during a protest held Tuesday afternoon in downtown Managua, the MPR—a small group led by well-known Sandinista dissidents—denounced the so-called “Ortega-COSEP pacto” for creating a new oligarchy that is enriching itself at the expense of the country. The protest movement, led by Moisés Hassan, an original member of the Sandinista revolutionary junta, accused COSEP of acting as an enabler of an “illegitimate” and “illegal” Orteguista government.
“The dictator Daniel Ortega, with absolute control over all branches of government, and with violations to the constitution and permanent abuse of the law, has dismantled Nicaragua’s institutional democracy and the rule of law and has us on an accelerated track toward an absolute family dictatorship of a dynastic nature,” reads the protest statement read by the MPR.
The group accused the government of restricting civil liberties, orchestrating electoral fraud, intimidating and repressing the opposition, and violating workers’ rights with massive layoffs of state employees who are not affiliated with the ruling party.
The MPR called for civil disobedience against what it labels the “neo-oligarchic regime of Ortega,” including the soon-to-be-inaugurated municipal authorities from last November’s elections.
“It is worth paying taxes to enrich the governing class and its COSEP allies?” the MPR demanded. “Is it correct to respect orders from illegitimate and illegal authorities?”
CSE: Everything ready for swearing-in ceremonies
Meanwhile, the Sandinista-controlled Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) announced that it is ready to swear-in 6,380 municipal authorities in a marathon series of inaugural events between Jan. 10-12.
The CSE said it will be swearing-in 153 mayors, 153 vice mayors and 6,074 city council representatives between Thursday and Saturday.