Nicaragua's political opposition as organised crime

NSCAG News | on: Monday, 21 June 2021

Dora Maria Tellez (left) and Hugo Torres (right) campaigning in 2008 for US government supported  banker Eduardo Montealegre of the right wing PLC party. Pic: Tortilla con Sal

Dora Maria Tellez (left) and Hugo Torres (right) campaigning in 2008 for US government supported banker Eduardo Montealegre of the right wing PLC party. Pic: Tortilla con Sal

The following are the first three paragraphs of an article which appeared in Telesur on 17 Jun:

Despite numerous reports in international media to the contrary, none of the people arrested had been selected by any of Nicaragua's political alliances or parties as possible candidates for the upcoming general election on November 7th this year.

Ever since they lost badly in the 2011 elections to the Frente Sandinista, Nicaragua's political opposition has divided into conventional political parties working in the country's legislature and an extra-parliamentary opposition based in local NGOs.

The US government, in particular, gave up supporting Nicaragua's opposition political parties financially so as to focus on consolidating an opposition bloc exploiting the figure of “civil society” but excluding the country's main labor and rural workers’ organizations and the cooperative movement. The member organizations of this exclusive, bogus civil society were all financed either directly by the US and allied governments or indirectly via foreign corporate and state-funded foundations.

To read the rest of the article see here



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