The Youngest Victims of the Nicaragua Nightmare

Tania Romero, mother of Matt Andres Romero, sheds tears by her son’s tomb on the Day of the Dead. Matt, killed in September 2018, was the last of the teenagers killed during the social uprising.  Photo: Carlos Herrera

 

Among the 325 fatal victims of the repression in Nicaragua, 29 were minors.  There are also 22 adolescents among the political prisoners.

 

By Niu/Confidencial

HAVANA TIMES – It’s been ten months since the last time that Richard Pavon Bermudez, Carlos Alberto Bonilla, and Alvaro Conrado woke up in the morning. Richard, 17, will never again practice with his school’s rhythm band; the bass drum that Carlos Alberto used to play doesn’t sound anymore; and Alvaro, 15, never got to participate in that track competition he had been preparing for.

Richard, Carlos Alberto, and Alvaro were the first three minors to be killed by the repression Daniel Ortega’s government chose to exercise against the April Rebellion. They’re the first three in a list that extends to at least 29 children and teens: the youngest victims of the killing.

The shot that killed Ricardo hit him in the chest, but his father, Cesar Pavon, assures that “they riddled him with bullets.” On the night of April 20, 2018, when Pavon entered the hospital room in Tipitapa where his son’s body lay, he fell on him and amid the tears counted nine bullet wounds: the one in the chest that killed him; another in his right hand; one that penetrated his mouth and exited through his cheek; another on one of his shoulders; and five in the back.

Richard had gone to check out a protest demonstration near the city park. He was shot three meters from the Managua mayor’s office. Some of the witnesses point to the City Hall security guards, and others to the police.

Ten months later, no one has been detained or investigated for Richard’s murder. Nor for that of Carlos Alberto, who received a bullet to his forehead; nor that of Alvaro, who was giving out water to the university students who were under siege from the police, when he was hit by a bullet that blasted his throat. It hurts to breathe, he said, and his words became part of the clamor of those demanding freedom, justice and democracy for Nicaragua.

Like Richard, Carlos Alberto and Alvaro, another 21 minors were killed by well-aimed bullets to their heads, chest, throats or stomachs. The precision shots to kill ordered by the dictatorship for the police and paramilitary didn’t exempt children and adolescents. In their memory, as we mark ten months from the April rebellion, Niu has compiled a list of the names and ages of the youngest mortal victims of the repression.

Minors killed:

The largest number of assassinated minors were killed in June, during the so-called “Operation Clean-Up” carried out by the police and paramilitary groups.

April:

Four minors were killed during these first protests registered in Managua, Masay, Tipitapa and Ciudad Sandino:

Richard Bermudez Pavon, 17

Carlos Alberto Bonilla, 15

 Jose Abraham Amador, 15

 Alvaro Conrado Davila, 15

May:

Jessner was killed by a bullet to the chest. His family were forced to sign a letter in which they agreed to desist from any formal denunciations; to the contrary, they wouldn’t be allowed to receive the body. The altered medical cause of death form stated: death by stab wound.

Three other minors were killed that month:

Jesner Josue Rivas, 16

Gilberto Sanchez Garcia, 15

Jose Luis Aleman Mendieta, 16

June:

With the implementation of “Operation Clean-Up” the dictator’s repression increased as the police and paramilitary dismantled the barricades put up by the population. At least 18 minors were killed that month.

Orlando Aguirre Cordoba, 15

Geovany Mena, 17

Junior Steven Gaitan Lopez, 15

Elías Josue Sanchez Cuesta, 17

Jose Maltez, 14

Cesar Vega Lopez, 15

Abraham Antonio Castro, 17

Nitzia Hackins Polly, 15

Sandor Manuel Dolmus Pineda, 15

Eliezer Isaac Collado, 17

Matías Velasquez Raudez, 05

Daryeli Velasquez Raudez, 3

Juan Carlos Mejia Moreno, 17

Layhani Nohelia Real Sanchez, 11

Kevin Alexander Gonzalez, 17

Teyler Lorio Navarrete, 15

Wendel Rivera Narvaez, 17

Franklin Roberto Rodriguez Garcia, 17

July:

The last cities where they dismantled the roadblocks and barricades were Masaya and Jinotega. In each one of those cities, a minor was killed in July.

Keibel Bermudez Flores, 7 años

Bryan Ezequiel Flores, 15 años

Leyting Chavarria Perez, 16 años

September:

The last minor to perish was killed on September 23, during a march to demand freedom for the political prisoners.

Matt Andres Romero, 16



8 thoughts on “The Youngest Victims of the Nicaragua Nightmare

  • Alternate history thought experiment:

    What if the USA had never intervened in any way in Central or South America but only conducted nation to nation trade ?

    Would Latin America be more like Canada ?

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    • The US would be more like Canada and Latin America would be more like the EU.

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  • If the US had sponsored nation to nation trade with Latin American countries rather than military and political intervention then the US would be more like Canada and Latin America more like the EU.

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  • No,, CA would be more like Africa. Uneducated, disease-ridden, ruled by despots.

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  • May God punish the ones responsible for these murders

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  • And who is backing the Nicaragua dictatorship and the Venezuelan dictatorship.

    Yep the Cuban dictatorship.

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  • I was in Jinotega , Nicaragua, all last winter and spring. I got out during the first truce in May. I have lived in Nicaragua on and off since Ortega won his first election, and I’ve been there for all the elections since. I wanted to see for myself, why some CA countries had such difficulty with democracy. What happened was quite apparent to anyone outside the civil society in Nicaragua . Ortega created a “Supreme Electoral Court” put his man in charge and did an end run around the Constitution on term limits. I used to see the fat mans private jet at the new Costa Esmeralda airport. Then they took over the education system, declared a victory over illiteracy by making sure all the education system administrators teachers and janitors were Sandanistas, once they had the schools, they lowered the voting age to sixteen. They created the Sandinista youth wing which all the kids had to be a part of, they used the schools to bus all the kids to party rallies and counter protests. They cleaned up the streets giving young people jobs with a shovel and a wooden cart with Daniels picture on it. They used to use the Sandino’s hat symbol, but it was Daniel and Chamuca, for the last few years, I laughed when I saw the pictures on the new donated white garbage trucks, so appropriate. I watched as the entire health care system, all administration all Alcaldias, had to be Sandinista. In the better restaurants, lunch and dinner was usually spoiled by Sandanistas and their spoiled kids running around, all paid for on government credit cards. When the Venezuelan oil money ran out, they tried to reduce the social security paid while raising rates. The protests were met by the Sandinista youth wing and people got hurt. It’s a civil war , the entitled ruling the disentitled. They don’t give cedulas, national Identification, to people they don’t like. You can’t bank, or participate(vote) without a cedula. When Maduro goes down so does Daniel. It can be like Mussolini, or , like Mussolini ! I don’t see how they can live with the neighbours that killed their children.

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