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  • European Committee says attempts to destabilize Nicaragua come from "the neoliberal governments."

    European Committee says attempts to destabilize Nicaragua come from "the neoliberal governments." | Photo: Reuters FILE

Published 3 July 2018

The release said strategy based on creating chaos and searching for a coup attempt is promoted and amplified by Nicaragua's opposition and corporate media.

On Monday, the European Committee of Solidarity with the Popular Sandinista Revolution released a statement denouncing the interference, by the opposition, in Nicaragua.

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"Nicaragua's coup plotter right-wing has used the reforms to the Instituto Nicaragüense de Seguridad Social (INSS) as an excuse to generate violence, destabilization and finally the overthrowing of the Sandinista government," the release declared. 

Nicaragua has been thrust into an unprecedented socio-political turmoil since mid-April when protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against INSS reforms proposed by the government. The reforms, that would include a hike in employees' and employers' contributions to avoid raising the retirement age, was needed to stem a systemic financial crisis, the government indicated. 

The announcement also pointed out that strategy based on creating chaos and searching for a coup attempt is promoted and amplified by the opposition and corporate media, "who are very powerful in Nicaragua, and whose role has been fundamental in exacerbating tensions," hinting at their support for acts of destabilization.

"This is a new attempt from the right-wing and U.S. imperialism against a sovereign and independent free nation and against it's democratically elected president, Daniel Ortega," read the announcement, referring to the demonstrations and other actions believed to be directed by opposition groups in the country.

These attempts to destabilize Nicaragua come from "the neoliberal governments, which are hegemonic, attack anyone who goes against them, for that reason the Ortega Executive and the Sandinista National Liberation Front is attacked frontally today," the European Committee of Solidarity with the Popular Sandinista Revolution, which comprises over a thousand activists in France, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Norway, United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland and Belgium, added.

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Meanwhile, the United States is calling to increase pressure and sanctions on the Central American country. As several U.S. senators, for example, Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson urge President Donald Trump to impose new sanctions on the Nicaraguan Government for "corruption and human rights violations." Rubio has close ties with opposition forces in Nicaragua, having earlier this month met with student leaders involved in the protests.

In response, the Sandinista government has reiterated their dedication to dialogue and peace,  "the commitment of all of us is to move forward, always with the people, constructing victories for the common good and for peace in Nicaragua," Vice President Rosario Murillo said.


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