Ortega Breaks Agreement, Captures Nicaraguan Folk Dancer

The Ortega riot police with their prey, folk dancer Flor Ramirez.  Photo: Articulo 66

HAVANA TIMES – Nobody is saying that the word of Daniel Ortega is worth much, but today was just one more sad example of the decline in the ethics of the once revolutionary.

Another protestor being beaten by Ortega’s riot police.  Photo: AFP

Less than 24 hours before, on Friday, Ortega’s government signed an agreement with the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy that restored constitutional rights and freedoms to the Nicaraguan people, suspended since April 2018 in the regime’s deadly crackdown against dissent. 

On Saturday, once again Ortega called out his riot police and paramilitary forces to lay siege and attack and arrest peaceful demonstrators. It was such a contradiction with the agreement signed the day before that led some observers to doubt that any negotiations with the government are a waste of time.

Besides violently arresting several other demonstrators the big catch of the day for Ortega was folk dancer Flor Ramirez.   Photo AFP

One of those violently arrested was Flor Ramirez (Dona Flor) for wearing a folklore dress she made with the blue and white colors of the Nicaraguan Flag and protesting against the government. Flor has been beaten, harrassed and arrested by Ortega’s forces on other occasions.

Dona Flor is one of three popular icons of the protest movement against the Ortega regime along with marathon runner Alex Vanegas and street vendor Dona Coquito who have recently gone into exile in Costa Rica. Read about them here.


3 thoughts on “Ortega Breaks Agreement, Captures Nicaraguan Folk Dancer

  • March 31, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Ortega is Puppet who only listen to his master in Havana it’s not a secret that are people from the Castro’s apparatus working in this brutal repression.

  • March 31, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Those who believe in Ortega are naive. He shot and killed innocent people not just now but in the eighties as well , the difference is that now, there is no war. So he is accused of crimes against humanity.

  • March 30, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    It’s a brutal criminal tyranny in Nicaragua.
    Of course negotiations are a waste of time.

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