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The precious popular revolution of July 1979 celebrates its 39th anniversary in the midst of a great tragedy. The government of Daniel Ortega (photo) and Rosario Murillo maneuvers with the so-called “dialogue table” to stop popular demonstrations, while using regular forces and paramilitary forces to repress and kill.

As a way of stifling the “gates”, roadblocks that paralyzed the country and its epicenter in the cities known as bastions of the revolution, Masaya and Leon, the government accelerated the method of terror, torture, kidnapping and murder. Although painful, different sectors already accept the idea that Ortega / Murillo is a true dictatorship. It’s a murderous dictatorship. Managua, once a world example of freedom and commitment, with the great revolution of 1979, is today a symbol of oppression and authoritarianism.

The revolution that enchanted the hearts of the world left deep marks, outside of Nicaragua, inclusively. Pop culture was marked by the seizure of power in the insurrection of Managua and the overthrow of the Somoza family. It was a revolution in the midst of a generational upheaval, with the advent of new forms of culture such as punk rock.

Who was young in the 80’s and 90’s in Porto Alegre sang the refrain “Sandina” from the band Replicantes, where the allusion was direct: “My girl went to Managua / fight for the revolution.” The gauchos were inspired not only by the Central American country’s revolution, but also by The Clash’s most revered album, by the name “Sandinista,” released in December 1980. In other words, the repertoire of the Nicaraguan people’s strength moved the world and generations of young people. Not to mention other forms of appreciation, such as delegations to solidarity brigades, books, films and news reports.

Managua 2018 cries for its dead, also young, with little or almost nothing to lose. Unlike Somoza, today the Ortega clan dominates, from its luxurious mansion, the whole state apparatus and has in its favor the silence of part of the international community. And in a war, not to say massacre, the news and sensitivity of the “international community” is decisive.

A government with a “license to kill”

In a recent interview, the FSLN Secretary for International Relations, Jacinto Suarez, justified the repression:

“There was a protest here, they invented a dead man. There it triggered another effect: the dead, the dead, the dead. There are true false dead and dead. We have a lot of dead on our side and the other side too. These protesters are armed and you know it. Maybe not the demonstrators, but the ones that promote roadblocks. You see, when they entered Masaya there were three dead because they resisted and the police responded. ”

The justification of the Ortega bureaucracy is tragic. However, it is necessary to guarantee the complicity of silence on the part of the forces that make up the São Paulo Forum, making invisible the results and the nature of the ongoing massacre against the people.

Ortega clung to power and promoted a bloodbath last weekend, July 7-8. Through heavily armed paramilitary gangs parading in Hylux trucks, it turns out hatred against popular rebellion. According to sources linked to human rights organizations, only in two cities, Jinotepe and Diriamba, 14 people were killed, to stop blockades and mobilizations.

This Thursday, July 12, is called a national march. On Friday, July 13, a general strike is being prepared as a response to repression. The fact is that the government recovered ground, when dismantling the roadblocks, seeking to crush blood with repression. The fucking negotiations help the government to “breathe” in front of public opinion, to buy time and to set up underground and persecution and selective repression. The impasse of the previous weeks begins to weigh against the struggling, disorganized and unarmed sectors. To install chaos is the orthodox tactic to appease the internal opponents and to justify their measures externally, shielded in positions of the camper sectors of the left and the international center-left.

The numbers impress. There are more than 300 dead.

Break the siege of silence!

Several voices rise in the world. Despite the blockade of the currents of the Forum of Sao Paulo, intellectuals and activists of the world question the politics and methods of Ortega and the current FSLN. Besides the manifesto that circulates in social networks with heavy names, the Colombian writer Laura Restrepo has organized initiatives in favor of the democratic struggle of the Nicaraguan people. Boaventura de Souza Santos wrote an article (https://www.jornada.com.mx/2018/07/07/mundo/022a1mun) where he charges that “a great part of the international and world left maintained (and continues to maintain) the same silence accomplice? ”

The singer-songwriter who made the song that would become the anthem of revolution, Meijia Godoy, re-recorded the celebrated “Aguante Monimbó”, now in honor of the recent martyrs.

In Brazil, the Portuguese version of the manifesto begins to circulate. Several groups of Nicaraguans have held debates and talks to break the silence. We were in Porto Alegre, through the mandate of the councilman Roberto Robaina, in a panel with the university professor Ana Mercedes Icaza and the sociologist Ana Marcela Sarria, in a brilliant exhibition on the current context of Nicaragua and the terrorism of state.

In a daily battle, silence becomes complicity with Ortega’s murderous government. It is necessary to denounce and circulate solidarity, demanding the immediate rupture of diplomatic relations with the Nicaraguan government, as well as going to the streets, universities, unions, workplaces and study to put the current process at the center of the debate.

The democratic sectors and the left as a whole must speak out immediately against repression. Human rights organizations and activists must do the same. Managua from July 2018 can not be alone!

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