Thank you for joining this newsletter. I wasn’t expecting so many of you here so quickly – all I can say is that there is a thirst for more Central American news. I am grateful for that.
This week, I have been ruminating on how a government can violently repress its people, be condemned by half the world, and still have sympathizers.
If, like me, you want to understand why a Nicaraguan politician supports President Ortega, read Carlos Dada’s tenacious interview with Jacinto Suárez for El Faro
Spoiler alert: the upheaval, according to Suárez, has been organized by the United States, narcos and the oligarchy (in this case, Nicaragua’s business people).
Nicaragua’s government also counts on international left-wing friends. For example, Salvadoran President Sánchez Cerén and his party Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) openly endorse Ortega. The reason is the same: the United States are the ones to blame for protests in Nicaragua.
Yet, a less publicized reason for supporting Ortega’s regime may be that it is hiding an ex-Salvadoran president. Mauricio Funes is tracked down for having $351 million in corruption charges.
To make things more complicated, some Nicaraguan students from the opposition movement have met with top US Republicans and with leading right-wing Salvadoran party. These visits have been used by pro-Ortega people to justify their conspiracy theories about foreign interference.
Regardless whether right-wing parties from the US and El Salvador want to advance their agenda in Nicaragua, there are hard facts we cannot ignore: in three months, there have been more than 300 people dead. And most of them were civilians killed by Ortega’s regime.