The National Assembly of Nicaragua, controlled by the Sandinistas, canceled this Tuesday (75) the legal status of the Nicaraguan Academy of Language, for order of the government of dictator Daniel Ortega.
The dissolution of the Academia Nicaraguense da Língua, created on August 8, 1928, was approved as a matter of urgency by the 75 Sandinista deputies and their allies. The other 31 legislators, of the 91 that make up the Parliament, abstained.
Among the Nicaraguan academics at the institution are former vice president and writer Sergio Ramírez, exiled in Spain since last year, and poet and writer Gioconda Belli, also exiled, as well as Carlos Tünnermann , who was Nicaragua’s ambassador to the United States and Minister of Education during the first Sandinista regime (1979-1990).
Current president from the academy, Pedro Xavier Solís told Efe that the institution, whose offices are located at the headquarters of the Cultural Center of Spain in Nicaragua, in Managua, will issue a statement later.
Last Sunday, the Academia Nicaraguense da Língua had informed that it is “working on the revision, amendments and contributions to the new grammar of the Spanish language and the dictionary of the Spanish language”.
In addition, he highlighted that, throughout his almost 94 years, “took care of the culture, education and development of the common language of the Hispanic peoples”.
The announced closing of the Nicaraguan Language Academy was condemned by the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language (RAE) and by the academies of Chile, Ecuador and Mexico.
The Ortega regime, through the Ministry of the Interior, ordered the closure of 83 local NGOs , including the Nicaraguan Language Academy and the Enrique Bolaños Foundation, which has one of the most complete virtual libraries in the country.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, these NGOs have broken several laws that they should respect, among them by not registering in the register of “foreign agents”.
With the new 91 associations dissolved, the number of non-governmental organizations banned since December 2018 rises to 319.
The Sandinista deputy Filiberto Rodríguez, promoter of the initiative, claimed that the NGOs that were banned used resources from the actions they received to try to overthrow Ortega during the protests that erupted in April of 2018, although he did not present evidence.
In April of 2018, thousands of Nicaraguans took to the streets to protest against the controversial social security reform, which later became a movement demanding the resignation of Ortega.
Strongly repressed, the protests, described by the Executive as coup attempt, left at least 355 dead, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), although local organizations raise this figure to 684 ) and the government recognizes only 319 fatalities.
Nicaragua has been experiencing a political, economic and social crisis since April of 2018, which worsened after the controversial general elections of November 7, 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 -, with his principals more opponents in prison.