Ortega’s Nicaraguan Police Train for a Civil War

The Ortega Police during their preparation. Photo taken from the official website of the National Police


The graduation of 45 officers in military tactics ended on December 30. Government photos show policemen holding RPG-7 antitank rocket launchers and Dragunov rifles.


By Leonor Alvarez  (La Prensa)

HAVANA TIMES – The Nicaraguan Police continue to be trained in military tactics for a possible civil war, after over eight months of crisis caused by the government repression that has left at least 325 dead since April 18, according to national and international human rights organizations.

The website of the Ortega Police reported that on December 30 the graduation of 45 officers in military tactics has ended. Official images show policemen holding RPG-7 antitank rocket launchers and Dragunov rifles.

Policemen are also observed carrying PKM submachine guns with a high rate of fire and lethal impact. According to retired General Hugo Torres, these weapons are for military use, and not for police use, and are generally used in wars to defend against armored tanks or fortified machine guns.

“Here, the only ones who should use that kinds of weapon is the Nicaraguan Army, because that is an anti-tank weapon, to destroy armored forces, be it tanks or armored cars and it also serves against machine gun positions. That is, it can penetrate a number of centimeters of reinforced concrete, to shoot down machine gun positions, which are called nests of fortified machine guns. It is unusual to see that weapon in the hands of police forces and the question arises why the police have it, “said Torres.

Commissioner General Jaime Vanegas, Inspector General of the National Police. Photo taken from the official website of the National Police.

The only thing that occurs to the retired general is that the Ortega Police will use these weapons against possible new roadblocks and barricades, such as those that the population raised between April and June of last year, to protect themselves from the armed attacks of police and paramilitary groups, who repressed civil protests.

The roadblocks and barricades were dismantled with a brutal attack that cost hundreds of lives, which were considered crimes against humanity.

Operating in coordination, Police and paramilitary forces repressed civilian protests with high-caliber weapons such as Dragunov rifles, AK-47, RPG7, M16, among others, as demonstrated by videos and images of journalists and citizens who recorded these events. This information was collected in the final report of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI), which confirmed the existence of “paramiltary groups” which were observed “with a high firepower and organization that took to the streets using weapons of war.”

Fourteenth course of military tactics

Photo taken from the official website of the National Police

The course of military tactics that culminated on December 30 corresponds to the 14th intensive military tactical training, details the police note.

The war preparation is also aimed at traffic policemen, because the note from the Ortega Police mentions that one of the top three scorers in the training is from the Transit Brigade of Managua.

The special guests to the graduation of the 45 officers were Jaime Vanegas, inspector general of the Ortega Police; Justo Pastor Urbina, chief of the Directorate of Special Police Operations (DOEP), and members of the National Council of the Police.

12 thoughts on “Ortega’s Nicaraguan Police Train for a Civil War

  • January 11, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Well said …he built schools.. roads ..etc etc. With oil money given to him ….and he took some to buy his own business for his kids and himself. Millions …i also was there. The people put up with it untill he showed his true colors in April. The straw that broke the camel’s back !!!

  • January 10, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Very well said.

  • January 9, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Mario, from what I’m able to understand from what you written (Some of it rambles incoherently), you are saying that Ortega is a “hero” and is in good graces with the Lord? No offense rev but what exactly are you smoking?! The fact is the Ortegas have used political power to enrich themselves, their family members and cronies. They did this to benefit themselves at the expense of the greater good of the nation. Daniel Ortega a lot in common with brutal Libyan dictator Gaddafi (Ortega referred to him as friend and comrade). That’s the truth! As the Good Book says, “For those who have eyes but cannot see, those who have ears but do not listen.” And as the Lord will say to Daniel Ortega right after he dies, “Away with you, I know you not!”

  • January 7, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Civil War may be coming to Nicaragua in the future. If history has taught us anything , it is that country’s under a totalitarian regime are usually brought down by war or failing economies. Nicaraguans will unfortunately experience many hardships in the future as this is just the beginning of what is to come.

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