Gabriel Boric and Daniel Ortega had a touchy exchange this week. The Central American country’s Sandinista leader has criticized Chile’s Carabineros, suggesting they are a police force “formed to kill the people.” These are very serious statements from a man who heads one of the most repressive “governments” in all of Latin America. Furthermore, the Nicaraguan National Police, almost entirely directed by the Ortega-Murillo couple, has historically been accused of committing oppressive crimes against the population.
Daniel Ortega Nicaragua’s Sandinista leaders are Chile’s Carabineros. “Formed to kill people” And that they are different from the police in their own country.
“Chilean carabineros are different from Nicaraguan police. “They are trained in mass murder, they are trained to kill people.” Ortega said.
All of the above took place during a commemorative event held in Managua this Monday. 50 years since the coup in Chile.
Nicaragua declared the collapse of democracy in 1973 to be systematic. “For the sake of the motherland that exists in the world” and pointed it out “44% of Chileans continue to want Pinochet and his fascist government to take power.”
President Boric later described Wednesday’s remarks as an “insult.” “dictator” Nicaragua.
In response to the Chilean government’s instructions to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to send a diplomatic protest to Nicaraguan authorities, Ortega said, Gabriel Boric said: “It’s a little Pinochetito.”
After this round It is clear that criticism of the police crosses borders between our president and Nicaraguans. And thanks to this the question arises… What are the Nicaraguan National Police accused of?
According to accounts from Nicaraguan society, exiled opponents and escaped investigators, the Central American country’s police force important part of repression It was implemented by the Ortega Murillo government.
Accusations against the Nicaraguan National Police
It is no secret that Ortega is running a dictatorial government in Nicaragua, and the reason for this is due to the authoritarian decisions and overt policies he has made. punishment for the opponent.
Let us recall that a few weeks ago, Sandinista leaders closed down one of the most important universities in the country simply because of its Jesuit origins.
of catholic church He is one of Ortega’s biggest enemies.
In mid-2018, authorities responded violently to a wave of demonstrations in the country. At least 355 people were killed and thousands injured. According to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).
All this got worse in July this year, when Ortega presented an emergency initiative in the National Assembly (Congress).
He therefore proposed amending Article 97 of Nicaragua’s political constitution, which established the legal framework for the security forces.
This proposal removed the principle that security agencies are armed organizations. “Professional, apolitical, nonpartisan, obedient, non-deliberative” similarly “things of a civil nature”
In summary, Daniel Ortega amends the police law to his liking; He now has almost absolute power over her.
In addition to the above, there are also testimonies of repentant police officers who deserted and had to pay for their “betrayal” with imprisonment or deportation.
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“I hit with restraint to serve Ortega.”
Julio Cesar Espinoza He is a former member of the Nicaraguan National Police, serving in the counterinsurgency unit until resigning in 2018.
As he himself revealed, this had serious consequences.
of BBC He requested statements from the government and police about the incident, but received no response.
Julio, 34, grew up in a very poor family of small business owners. As an adult, he became interested in the national police.
The man studied until his third year of high school, and after completing the course, he was finally able to join the police force in 2012 at the age of 21.
“We have been trained to restore order. When the regular police in light blue were unable to control the situation, they sent us to respond to the march,” he said.
In 2014, when the Ortega government decided to build an inter-oceanic canal with China, farmers began to raise their voices.
“So we received orders to fire tear gas and use non-lethal force to dissuade them. As it evolved, we were under increasing pressure to suppress,” he confessed. did.
“From 2014 to 2017, Nicaraguans protested against the government for transparent elections and ordered us to crack down,” he added.
Punishment of deserters
Ruler’s Parliamentary Group Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) also proposed reforms to the law regarding the organization, functions, career and special social security systems of the national police.
It includes three new provisions to punish officers for desertion and disobedience.
Regarding desertion, the proposal states that “a police officer who leaves duty shall What is considered desertion? In cases of serious damage to public safety, the punishment would be two to three years in prison. ”
Default is defined as “a police officer who disobeys the orders of his superior without justifiable reason.”
the above, “If he endangers public safety, he could be sentenced to six months to two years in prison.”