By JOSE LUIS ROCHA
In the past months Nicaragua has witnessed a wave of protests from different sectors of society, which have been met with violent repression by the Ortega/Murillo government. During this time, access to cities has been blocked, protesters have been arrested and disappeared, and some accounts report more than 300 deaths in 75 days of demonstrations. The role of the state in these events is linked to the deployment of the riot-squad police and of pro-government youth groups who have been accused of acting as paramilitary agents. Sparked by student protests, the movement has been joined by labour unions, business groups, academics and intellectuals in an uproar that goes beyond opposition to the state’s negligence and oppressive policies. The demonstrations are also fueled by the discomfort caused by the malfunctioning of the democratic systems and by alliances of the government with segments of society that a large part of the population interprets as a betrayal of the Sandinista ideals.
In this post, Alternautas reproduces an article by professor José Luis Rocha where he explains the events leading up to the demonstrations. Rocha’s article rests on an image that is very telling about what has happened in Nicaragua in the last months: the dormant tiger. The dormant tiger is a metaphor for a society that survived years of struggle, and that grew in social organisation through the Sandinista revolution and years of USA counter-revolutionary intervention. The tiger fell dormant after victory, fatigued from resistance but fed from years of collective collaboration. Today, the tiger seems to have awakened with renewed energy from the youth and cyberspace as the ideals that created it are replaced.Read More