Paramilitary forces attack rural and coastal areas that show opposition to Ortega.
The cities of Diriamba and Jinotepe, in the Pacific of Nicaragua, awoke today under heavy attacks from Government forces, which penetrated massively with weapons of war to dismantle demonstrations against President Daniel Ortega.
The attacks were carried out with hundreds of heavily armed men, including police, riot police, paramilitaries and pro-government groups, transported in trucks along with heavy machinery.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) disapproved of the attack, which occurred only hours after a similar attack took place in Matagalpa, in northern Nicaragua and that left at least one dead.
“The repression continues in Nicaragua, pro-government armed groups supported by the police enter the cities in a massive way, shooting and firing bullets, yesterday in Matagalpa.
Now around Jinotepe and Diriamba, “the State isn’t carrying out its duty to dismantle the mobs,” said the executive secretary of the IACHR, Paulo Abrao, who is in Nicaragua.
The attack comes a day after Ortega said he will continue to “fight for peace so that opposition disappears in Nicaragua” where there are demonstrations against him.
Both the IACHR and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights blamed the Nicaraguan Government for serious human rights violations.
Among the violations, they denounce “assassinations, extrajudicial executions, ill-treatment, possible acts of torture and arbitrary detentions committed against the majority of the country’s young population,” according to the IACHR. The Government of Nicaragua rejected these accusations.
Nicaragua is going through the bloodiest sociopolitical crisis since the 1980s, with Ortega also as the president. The conflict has left more than 310 people dead less than three months.
The Nicaraguans hope to overcome the crisis through national dialogue between the Government and the Civic Alliance that represents the population, scheduled to restart next Monday.
Protests against the government began on April 18 for failed social security reforms which became the focal point to demand the resignation of the president, after eleven years in power.
Nicaraguans also launched accusations of abuse and corruption against him.
Nicaragua is going through the early stages of conflict seen in Venezuela several years ago, where opposition leaders were incarcerated and hundreds of people who took to the streets were captured by government forces just to disappear or be tortured by Venezuelan government operatives.
Since then, the South American country took a quick ride downhill and people suffered the consequences of an out of control government where a strongman tells the rest of the country what he wants to have done and they need to obey or else. Nicaragua is now walking along that path.