Daniel Ortega’s Lies about Nicaragua to the International Press

Ortega complains about the international sanctions

Photo from the Ortega government’s el19digital.com

Interview with Max Blumenthal was a lament by Daniel Ortega against the Nica Act and individual sanctions


By Confidencial

HAVANA TIMES – Daniel Ortega complains about international sanctions against his Government whenever he can. This time he did it before Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton, US journalists from The Grayzone portal. In a broad interview granted by the President and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, Ortega said the Nica Act “is already being applied.”

“We know the Nica Act was approved by Congress in the first phase; only one congressman opposed it, Vicente Gonzalez, he was the only one and we know how it was approved in the Senate…,” Ortega told reporters who consider themselves to be from the left. “From that moment on, the administration is applying it, in fact the representative of the US Treasury and international organizations have a clear line: to obstruct to block.”

Blumenthal is a journalist associated with the US left and is described as a close friend of authoritarian regimes, as is the case of Ortega, that of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, and that of the Castros in Cuba. It is not the first time Blumenthal has arrived in Nicaragua. During 2018, amid the height of the socio-political crisis, the journalist served as an informal spokesperson for the narrative of Ortega and Murillo. In the ranks of the Government, they present Blumenthal as the “journalist who uncovered how the United States financed a failed coup attempt.”

Ortega appealed to international law to avoid Washington’s punishment in particular, although his regime has also been reprimanded by Canada.

Freedom of expression and religion?

In the statements that Ortega made to Blumenthal and his companions who participated in the conversation held at the El Carmen presidential bunker, the Sandinista leader lied openly ensuring that there is total “freedom of expression and religious freedom” in Nicaragua.

“Here there is the most absolute religious freedom and there is the most absolute freedom of expression,” said Ortega, when journalists asked him why he invited the ultra-right-wing pastor Ralph Drollinger to the 40th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution, who appeared in Managua as the “bible teacher” of President Donald Trump.

“There is a report, which you should know, in which we are accused of not allowing expression here. The pastor (Drollinger) could have said anything there (in the Plaza), we did not tell him the speech he was going to deliver, just to say whatever he wanted,” said Ortega in reference to a report by the State Department on the persecution that the regime has unleashed against the Catholic church.

Currently, there is a state of exception in Nicaragua under which marches and demonstrations of any group except those who sympathize with the government are prohibited. In addition, the regime keeps Confidential and 100% News media confiscated, as well as practices systematic harassment of independent journalists.

However, Ortega said the interview he gave to Blumenthal was proof of freedom of expression in Nicaragua.

Ortega also lied when saying that he does not move in an armored car. An investigation by Confidencial showed in 2015 that the president bought an armored Mercedes Benz in which he is transported.

“I have suffered several attacks. But I have not used an armored car, rather when I visit other countries, they put us armored cars. My armored car is Christ, the people are the ones who take care of me,” said Ortega who is surrounded by an entire police contingent whenever he goes out in the streets with his armored Mercedes Benz.


7 thoughts on “Daniel Ortega’s Lies about Nicaragua to the International Press

  • First of all, that is disgusting of you to be content on another persons death, it’s horrible that human beings can wish badly on other’s well beings. Second of all, if you regret buying property in Nicaragua then you are more than welcome to get the hell out, the people of Nicaragua don’t need people like you in their country. As for the government, they are much better than most governments in the world and actually care about their people, proof is in how they build houses and beautiful recreational centers for those with economic issues.

  • Freedom can’t be buy like a piece of bread.

  • You should came and live with them and your opinion will be different.

  • It’s so funny that what you guys call oppression. How do you think police is going to react when the “Pacific protests” are blocking transit, carrying artesanal weapons, painting every building and damaging private property? Like any other country, police will do their job, nicaraguans respect the law from other countries but they disobey their own. Here in the USA, you are allow to protest but if you obstruct car or pedestrian you will need a permit. Same scenario in Nic. But guess what they don’t care…

  • Ortega, his wife and all their criminal associates deserve to be in jail or worse. Ortega is a traitor and a scum to all Nicaraguans. He is not a president, he is a criminal and worse is the wife. She is diabolic.

  • I find Daniel and his wife, to be humble, sincere people. I think the press tries to make them look wrong. What would be helpful is for the press to focus on the good things that come out of interviews and to focus on what the Ortegas are wanting to have happen.
    For the press to say, for example that Daniel is lying is not helpful. The press needs to wake up!

  • Ortega and his wife are serial liars. They are just greedy power hungry people in a poor 3rd world country. Trying to act like big shots. I am sorry I bought property in their county. The day they pass away will be some of the happiest days of my life. I shall celebrate. They aren’t going to heaven.

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