US Embassy cancels town hall meeting for ‘Repliegue’

Town hall meeting has been rescheduled for July 11 at 5 p.m.

(Posted July 5, 11:20 a.m.)- The U.S. Embassy has canceled today’s Independence Day town hall meeting with Ambassador Phyllis Powers due to the Sandinistas’ Repliegue Táctico march which will be held this afternoon at the same time.

Traffic in downtown Managua and along the Carretera Masaya is already being affected as the Sandinistas erect makeshift stages in every traffic roundabout and along the sides of the highway to film every possible angle of the presidential couple’s historic participation in today’s march, providing hours of emotional new video footage that later will be spliced together with a catchy political jingle to make a musical montage that will be looped incessantly on official TV channels until the July 19 celebration, which will provide another opportunity to do the same thing all over again.

Below is the security note from the U.S. Embassy:

“The Nicaraguan Government announced that today, Friday, July 5, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) will commemorate the 34th anniversary of ‘El Repliegue.’

Lots of good images will come out of today’s Repliegue

“El Repliegue” was the tactical retreat of the FSLN from Managua to Masaya during the Nicaraguan revolution. This event is ordinarily commemorated in June, but was rescheduled for today on short notice. Several major roads in and around Managua and Masaya will be affected, with many being closed after 1:00 p.m., according to the police communiqué. A rally is scheduled to begin around 3:00 PM today in the Plaza de Las Victorias in Managua and proceed with a procession to Masaya.

“Expect major traffic disruption in the Managua-Masaya corridor during the day. The Masaya highway will essentially be closed into the evening. Travelers should avoid travel within the city of Managua and Masaya, if possible.

“We wish to remind American citizens that even political rallies intended to be peaceful can possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens are therefore urged to exercise caution.

“The Embassy’s Regional Security Office has advised Embassy personnel not to drive through barricades encountered on the street, to keep windows up and doors locked in their vehicles, and to carry a cell phone at all times.

 “The U.S. Embassy will be closed today at 10:30 a.m. We regret that the Independence Day Town Hall Meeting scheduled for this evening will be postponed until Thursday July 11 at 5:00 p.m.”


  • Nicagringo

    Ortega should win the medal of freedom in the US for offering Snowden asylum. He is now more American than Obama at this point. It is shameful how the USG pushes its weight around internationally. Snowden should win the Nobel peace prize.

    If the American public was more educated and internationally aware we would have a revolution over these acts of the USG.

    George Orwell predicted it…unfortunately it took longer than 1984 for people to see what our government does….thanks to brave people like Manning, Asange and Snowden

    • Név Hamis

      I thought Orwell was writing about Nicaragua

  • amordeliteraturadeNicaragua

    Just got through reading the “Cia’s Nicaragua Manual” for psychological warefare in Nicaragua (contra version)—what the ambassador is doing is coming right out of the manual—so too is the canal opposition along with political opposition towards the Sandanista’s.

    The Nica groups aligning themselves with U.S. business interests are doing things right out of the book. The book pointed out that it is usual business for 20% of embassy staff to be CIA staff.

    We need more Americans who are not afraid to be put in jail for exposing the truth about what the U.S. is doing.

    How about the Nato Air Base they are trying to put in Colombia to use against Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Bolivia? It is no joke. They tried to secretly put in there. Somehow someone leaked the information. It was no me. Watch them try to blame me. That is the Republican Way and American Way.

    • Név Hamis

      A little bit of information is a dangerous thing, my friend. Did the book you read mention anything about the correct spelling of Sandinista? Or did the CIA spell it Sandanista? Don’t fall for their misspellings–you are falling right into their rightwing, neoliberal trap!

  • american

    Nicagringo, you havent the slightest idea what you are talking about….you’re mouthing off some stupid crap you heard some else say….

  • Ana Anonima

    This is the “circus” part of bread and circuses. Too bad Ortega can’t spend that money and send his thugs out to name the streets, number the buildings, create a postal system that works, put up road signage, and join the civilized world.

    Instead we have traffic circles and makeshift stages erected in them (!?!) in order to inconvenience the most people and close down two of the largest towns in Nicaragua and dampen any travel or business of anyone near this circus.

  • Nicagringo

    Please enlighten me dear American….or is it just over my head? Likely response?

  • Ken

    So this is why Rosario rescheduled the march. I figured there had to be a method to her madness.