Ten serious human rights violations by Nicaragua's opposition in 2018

Submitted bytortilla onSáb, 30/05/2020 - 05:33

Tortilla con Sal, 30 de mayo 2020

Supporters of the failed 2018 coup attempt against Nicaragua's Sandinista government continue to present violent Nicaraguan opposition actions as ‘peaceful protests’. They attribute practically all the deaths during the 2018 crisis to the police or to Sandinista supporters. While evidence for some of the serious incidents that occurred is confused, opposition activists were very clearly responsible for a great many very serious crimes. Opposition supporters never address this reality because they are incapable of engaging rational criticism based on generally accepted rules of evidence.

If they accept, as they should, that crimes of murder, kidnapping and torture were indeed committed by opposition activists, then their depiction of the 2018 opposition protests as peaceful falls apart. They have the additional dilemma of looking bad if they fail to condemn the heinous crimes committed by opposition activists. A corollary to that dilemma is that acknowledging those crimes renders untenable the claim that the perpetrators arrested for them were ‘political prisoners’. Here are ten atrocities among many others irrefutably commited by Nicaragua's opposition which they never admit.

  1. The burning of the historic town halls in Masaya and in Granada on May 12 and June 4, of the prosecutor’s office in Masaya on May 28, and of houses of Sandinista officials in Masaya.

  2. The burning down of Nueva Radio Ya with 22 radio workers inside it on May 28 in Managua (condemned by the Committee to Protect Journalists).

  3. The trapping by roadblocks of over 400 large trucks in a 7km stretch of the Pan-American highway south of Diriamba for more than one month from June 5, depriving hundreds of drivers of food and water, making extortion demands and ignoring international demands for their release.

  4. The kidnapping and attempted murder of student leader Leonel Morales, a member of the National Dialogue for the government authorities, by the gangs occupying the UPOLI university in Managua on June 13.

  5. The hijacking of two fuel tankers in Jinotepe on June 19, which were then parked next to the main police station, followed by attempts to set off a massive explosion by firing mortars and lobbing Molotov cocktails at the tankers.

  6. The torture of Sander Bonilla in a Catholic church in León on June 21, in the presence of both a local Catholic priest and a protestant pastor.

  7. The killing of Bismarck Martinez, a Managua municipal worker, kidnapped on his way to visit relatives in Jinotepe on June 29 and brutally tortured and murdered by opposition criminals.

  8. The sniper fire that killed police officers Faber López Vivas and Hilario de Jesús Ortiz Zavala and injured one other officer in Jinotepe on July 8.

  9. The massacre in the small town of Morrito on July 12 in which four police officers and a teacher were killed, and the subsequent kidnapping and abuse of nine police officers.

  10. The torture and murder of unarmed and off-duty police officer Gabriel de Jesús Vado Ruíz on July 14-15 in Masaya, after he was kidnapped at an opposition roadblock.

Many other similarly egregious opposition atrocities and crimes were detailed in the independent report Dismissing the Truth, published in October 2018.

A broader deconstruction of opposition falsehoods and misrepresentations is available in the comprehensive analysis of the Nicaraguan opposition's failed coup attempt, "Live from Nicaragua: Insurrection or coup?".

Genuinely independent news and information media or non governmental organizations would address these crimes and acknowledge, firstly, the responsibility of Nicaragua's opposition for committing them and, secondly, their own complicity in covering them up. But the demented irrationality currently dominating public debate in North America and Europe makes that outcome extremely unlikely.