MANAGUA – Protest marches were held in the streets of Managua on Saturday, four months after the protests against the ruling Sandinista government began, which started in Nicaragua on April 18.
“Not a step back” was the slogan repeated during the demonstrations, which were held under the theme “Nothing is normal.”
“We started strong, but we had comrades who were killed, or others who disappeared and of whom we still have no news months later, hundreds wounded, physically and psychologically, repression, threats. Then, there were moments of fear and doubt, but it is clear we have to continue,” a young protester, Luis Carlos Chamorro, told EFE.
The protester, who acknowledged the uncertainty that plagued him “and many other comrades at certain times,” said “Now is the time for the people, the time for Nicaragua, to get back what belongs to us, to be free, to have justice and peace, and we will only achieve that by being united in the streets.”
The demonstrators were “more convinced than ever” of the need to fight “united,” to do whatever it takes and to “seek justice for more than 400 brothers and sisters who gave their lives for a better country for all.”
“They don’t deserve that we stay at home watching abuses continue by a government that believes it is the master of the world, master of the destiny of millions of Nicaraguans. For them and for us, we are going to continue even if it costs us our lives,” Chamorro concluded.