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Nicaragua reaches nearly 1,000 civil organizations closed since 2018 democracy protests

The government of Nicaragua ordered the closure of a further 100 NGOs, bringing to 958 the number of non-profit civil organizations dissolved after the popular uprising of April 2018, described as an attempted coup by the dictator Daniel Ortega, informed the Legislative Power this Sunday (10).

The proposal to The illegality of these 100 non-governmental organizations, at the request of the government through the Ministry of the Interior, was presented to the National Assembly by Sandinista deputy Filiberto Rodríguez.

Rodríguez, promoter of the initiative, argued that these NGOs used resources from the donations they received to try to overthrow Ortega in the demonstrations of April 2018, but did not provide evidence.

In April of 2018, thousands of Nicaraguans went out at streets to protest the controversial social security reforms, which later became a demand for Ortega’s resignation due to the force used in the response of the authorities.

The protests left at least 355 dead, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Local organizations calculated 684, and the government, 200.

The head of Parliament, Gustavo Porras, of the ruling party, argued that the illegality of NGOs is part of a process of putting in order “something that was in tatters”, due to the fact that there were organizations that did not work and others that did not comply with the law, were not responsible or did not comply. its own statutes.

Porras also announced that “this cleanup work” would be continued, arguing that there cannot be more than 6,000 NGOs in Nicaragua “that are not doing anything”.

He also described non-profit organizations as “instruments of neoliberalism”, having “taken off during neoliberal governments”, referring to the managements between 1990 and

, “precisely to act as an instrument against the unions and the organization of the people”, although several of those dissolved were formed by Sandinistas.

The new list of affected NGOs includes ui organizations in the fields of human rights, environment, journalism, health, community development, social assistance, science and technology, among others.

Nicaragua has been going through a political and social crisis since April of 2018, which was accentuated after the controversial general elections on November 7 of last year, in which Ortega was re-elected for a fifth term, the fourth in a row and the second with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as vice president. . The main opposition candidates were arrested. Ortega, 76 years old, has been in power for 15 years and five consecutive months, amid accusations of authoritarianism and electoral fraud.

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