Nicaraguan Ambassador to the OAS recognizes dictatorship

Washington. Nicaragua’s ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) yesterday publicly attacked the government of his country headed by Daniel Ortega, calling it a “dictatorship.”

In a surprising speech before the OAS, based in Washington, Ambassador Arturo McFields highlighted the lack of freedoms and the existence of “de facto powers” in Nicaragua, where Ortega won a fourth consecutive term in November with all his rivals imprisoned and the dissidence silenced or in exile.

“Denouncing the dictatorship of my country is not easy, but continuing to remain silent and defending the indefensible is impossible,” said McFields during a regular session of the OAS Permanent Council in which Nicaragua was not on the agenda.

McFields said that since 2018, when massive protests broke out against the Ortega government, in Nicaragua “there is no freedom to publish a simple tweet.”

The Nicaraguan ambassador, accredited to the OAS on November 5, 2021, two days before the presidential elections in his country, said that he was speaking on behalf of the “177 political prisoners and more than 350 people who have lost their lives since 2018,” and “of the thousands of public servants at all levels, civil and military”, “forced by the regime” to “pretend” so as not to lose their jobs.

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