Nicaragua VP Rosario Murillo Calls US Sanctions Unfair

A mega-sign of the governing couple destroyed in Managua during the initial weeks of the protests that began in April 2018 . Photo: Carlos Herrera / Confidencial


Government of Ortega insists on cessation of sanctions; Civic Alliance rejects “misleading campaign” on the effect of sanctions


By Confidencial

HAVANA TIMES – Daniel Ortega’s wife and Vice President Rosario Murillo said Friday that US economic sanctions against the family of her husband, President Daniel Ortega, and his inner circle, are directed towards Nicaraguans, and that they are not deserved.

“The measures they have taken against the people of Nicaragua, not against individuals, are measures that the Nicaraguan people do not deserve,” said Murillo, in an address broadcast through the Government and family media.

In recent days, the US Treasury Department issued economic sanctions against the son of the President and Vice President of Nicaragua, Laureano Ortega Murillo, and the “Banco Corporativo” (BanCorp), a subsidiary of the mixed company Alba of Nicaragua S.A. (Albanisa), financed by the Venezuelan Government.

Vice President Murillo and her in-law, the Chief of Nicaraguan Police, Francisco Diaz, among others close to Ortega, had already been sanctioned in 2018.

The sanctions, which block all assets or interests in the United States of those affected and of US citizens that relate with them, have been applied to Nicaraguans that Washington considers involved in cases of corruption and human rights violations.

The opposition Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy affirmed that until now there are no general sanctions against the Nicaraguan economy and that, instead, they are directed at specific people.

Murillo disagrees, insisting that sanctions are “affecting the Nicaraguan economy,” as well as “the poorest sectors in particular, and that is neither Christian, nor fair.”

The Alliance said on Friday that stating that sanctions affect “the poorest” is “a misleading campaign” of the Government, since they only affect those specific persons mentioned.

Since last Wednesday, both Ortega and Foreign Minister Denis Moncada, as well as Murillo, have insisted on asking the Civic Alliance to intercede with the international community to suspend the sanctions.

The Alliance has responded that it will not do so as long as the Government does not demonstrate “concrete actions” to overcome the sociopolitical crisis that Nicaragua is experiencing, including the release of the hundreds of “political prisoners,” respecting the Constitution with regard to citizen freedoms, guaranteeing justice for the victims of the crisis and allow the return of democracy.

Murillo said she has “hope and trust in God, and we know that God and his justice will prevail.”

“We reject the misleading campaign (…) that seeks to make the sanctions appear harmful to the poorest and humblest, when in reality they affect the individual officials for their acts of corruption and human rights violations,” the Alliance highlighted in a statement.

The Government also demands that the Alliance request the international community to suspend the sanctions and other future ones.

The opposition group maintains that it will do so once the Government complies with the commitments signed at the negotiating table, such as freeing “political prisoners” and respecting the Constitution, and committing to justice being sought for the victims of the crisis and the return to democracy, as the parties had agreed.

5 thoughts on “Nicaragua VP Rosario Murillo Calls US Sanctions Unfair

  • May 7, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    It’s incredulous to hear that “The Alliance” would even consider negotiating with a narcissist (take your pick between Ortega, Murillo, Moncada, Laureano, or any of the other children of this fascist oligarchy) who have no intention of taking any action unless it’s in their own best interest. The entire family should be stripped of all their posessions and wealth since they stole all of it from the Nicaraguan people in the first place. The fascist and his wife should then stand and face the courts for their crimes against the people. Those who stood in support of them should also be held legally responsible for their actions. The Sandinista party now has a stigma that it will never again shake. The once
    respected and honored party is now in shame. Those who have stood with this regime, once it falls, will never have a moment’s peace as long as they remain in Nicaragua. They should be exiled and allow for the tens of thousands of Nicaraguan patriots who escaped the oppression to return to their homeland. Make no mistake about it, there is not much life left in this government. So why would the alliance waste their time and effort to go through futile negotiations with a cowardly tyrant? Why even give him creedence by granting him an audience? Or is it that entertaining to watch his nose grow whenever he opens his mouth? It just makes no sense.

  • May 6, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    I lived there for 4 years and only left in November. The only Threat to the Nicaraguan People is The Ortega Family and Government !

  • May 5, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    The Ortega cabal should be squeezed until the pips squeak.

  • May 5, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Very true, I agree with you 100%

  • May 5, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Rosario Murrillo is a cinic, sick, demented, corrupt person! The audacity to suggest that the sanctions are unfair is ridiculous. She and Daniel’s behavior is the reason why the sanctions are being placed on Nicaragua. No one but her and Daniels ate to blame. Discusting!!!

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