Today’s Nicaragua, in Glory and Vigor
Faustino Torrez Arauz
Managua, Nicaragua 15 June 2021
Now that good news is carried on fresh winds from the southern part of this hemisphere, I take the opportunity to write about Nicaragua, the country at the heart of the land connecting North and South America, which also shares tremendous biodiversity with the Caribbean Sea.
In the Nicaraguan countryside we are hoping for a copious rainy season to ensure the production of food and to work on the 2021-2022 National Production Plan for Consumption and Trade. This will strengthen the small family farmers who make up 70% of the country’s agricultural and food system.
At this time of accomplishments as the peasant movement continues down the path of prosperity, we are ready to participate in the elections of November 7, 2021, as scheduled by the Supreme Electoral Council for the exercise of our democracy.
It is apparent that there is a group of people who since April 2018, and with the aid of the United States government, have been attempting to bring about a coup d’etat. They have received millions of dollars from USAID to pay “independent journalists” and other media through the Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation. That Foundation is coordinated by Cristiana Chamorro Barrios, a member of our country’s oligarchy who has been charged with money laundering. Her organization closed shop in February of this year, but it continues to receive funds to implement a destabilization plan orchestrated from Washington.
Ms. Cristiana Chamorro was never a candidate for office and her role in the Chamorro Foundation is to coordinate the media, financial, technical, and logistical apparatus of the opposition. Throughout this process, several prominent individuals traveled to Washington demanding sanctions, under the allegation that the government of Nicaragua constitutes a threat to the national security of the Untied States. They invoke the famous Democratic Charter of the Organization of American States to attack our country, and request the removal of Nicaragua from the Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), among other ghastly requests.
Like all countries in the Americas, including the United States, there is a law to protect the nation’s sovereignty. In Nicaragua it is Law 1055, the Law to Defend the Rights of the People to Independence, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination for Peace. This is new for Nicaragua, but not for the rest of the world. It includes the crime of working with outsiders to attack the sovereignty of the country, which is punishable as treason.
This is why we are not marching in the streets to defend these individuals who have carried out criminal acts and are actually agents of imperialism. Though some of them have a legacy of having sided with the Sandinista Revolution in the past, they never joined the class struggle. They never fought for the emancipation of the working class. That is why it is hard to comprehend their metamorphosis into benign, apolitical beings.
In the cities, streets, small hamlets, barrios, and communities of our country life goes on as usual. We Nicaraguan men and women expect the political parties that respect the Constitutional order and democracy to participate in the elections without incidence.
No opposition member has proven to be a true contender. Those who are currently jailed are just a few men and women under investigation by the National Police because of strong evidence that they have been threatening Nicaraguan society and the rights of the people under Law 1055 to Defend the Rights of the People to Independence, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination for Peace. So we will leave it up to the criminal justice system to afford due process for the good of our nation.
We call upon the peoples of our Americas to not fall into the trap of international media manipulation. Know that the people standing trial are agents who carried out political actions according to a manual paid for and implemented by U.S. imperialism—including international media at the service of the neoliberal line.
If the United States and Europe have so much money to spend on us, why did they not donate it to expand food production after Hurricanes Eta and Iota? Why did they not invest it in an expansion of our road network? Or to help with the harvest and access to the markets closest to our country after the failed coup attempt hurt our economy in 2018?
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), both tied to the United States State Department, and others from the European Union, did NOT send aid for meeting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, which are urgently needed to overcome poverty, eradicate hunger, soften the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and expand access to COVAX Facility vaccines. Instead, they are politically and morally undermining the progressive governments of Latin America.
Right wing Nicaraguan activists continue to be excited at the prospect of a “Peaceful Transition” through the empire’s operation called “Response Assistance in Nicaragua,” (RAIN), and the infamous Reinforcing Nicaragua’s Adherence to Conditions for Electoral Reform (RENACER Act), both of which seek to attack the Sandinista government and the people of Nicaragua.
This is why the international media are reporting on these people facing charges before the Nicaraguan system of justice. They are not political prisoners. They are the hired assassins using money from the empire because they are not capable of beating the FSLN and its allies in an election. That is why the U.S. embassy in Managua is orchestrating a whole set of criminal, conspiratorial, and diplomatic actions to legitimize any new government it may impose through a coup d’etat.
The machinations of these individuals have confused some leaders and people in the international media—even those on the left. But I urge people to study their track records closely. They have never been in favor of the emancipation of humanity. They never joined the fight to resist the aggression against Cuba, Venezuela, and Bolivia. They rejected ALBA. They have not joined in class struggle—much less to defend countries and social movements that reject the interventionism of Washington and some countries of the European Union, here at the decline of this capitalist system that is unable to resolve the worst crisis the planet has ever faced.
Here in Nicaragua we have the best government of recent years. Daniel Ortega has promoted public policies and generated opportunities. He has led the country down the right path. His only crime is refusing to serve the interests of empire, instead fighting for the poor of our country.
Sisters and brothers, the ringleaders and intellectual authors of the crimes committed during the 2018 failed coup attempt are in jail today. They were preparing to destabilize the country with disastrous consequences for next year, 2022. They were threatening our peace, justice, and economic and social development. As was to be expected, they have been mounting a whole media campaign, causing reactions and alarm among those who perhaps do not know or have been disinformed about these individuals who were walking the halls of the U.S. Congress seeking to destabilize and destroy our good government led by Comandante President Daniel Ortega. They simply do not accept the fact that a people, in exercise of their genuine democratic wishes, have elected a leader to improve the social and economic conditions of the working class—workers and farmers—and rejected the interests of the pro-imperialist oligarchy.
“Whoever requests the protection of the invaders under the pretext of defending their interests, be they a national or a foreigner, is a traitor to our nation. … They will receive the same punishment the Constitution stipulates for those who commit treason.”
Augusto C. Sandino,
Agreement on Traitors to the Nation (1927)
A profound thanks to Jill Clark-Gollub for this translation. You can find the original publication in Spanish here.