The writer, novelist and former vice president of Nicaragua Sergio Ramirez Mercado pointed out this Wednesday to the Nicaraguan president, Daniel Ortega, of having accused him “through his own Prosecutor’s Office” of allegedly “carrying out acts that promote and incite hatred and violence.”
«Daniel Ortega has accused me through his own Prosecutor’s Office and before his own judges of the same crimes of incitement to hatred and violence, undermining of national integrity and others that I have not had time to read, accusations for which there are many worthy and brave Nicaraguans imprisoned in the dungeons of the same family, “said the 2017 Cervantes Prize, through a statement sent to the media.
Ramírez Mercado, 79, who was vice president during the first Sandinista government (1979-1990) And now he is critical of President Ortega, he was also accused of having received, through the Luisa Mercado Foundation that he directs, money from the Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation, the Prosecutor’s Office said.
The Public Ministry requested uan arrest and search warrant against Ramírez Mercado, who is out of Nicaragua and had already announced that he would not return to the country to avoid reprisals from the Government after being summoned by the Prosecutor’s Office.
The winner of the Alfaguara Novel Prize in 1998 and the Iberoamericano de Letras prize “José Donoso” in 2011 recalled that “it is not the first time that an accusation against him has occurred” in his life.
«In 1977, the Somoza family (who ruled Nicaragua from 1939 to 1979) accused me through their own Prosecutor’s Office and before their own judges of crimes similar to those of today: terrorism, illicit association to commit a crime and attempt against the order and peace, when I was fighting against that dictatorship, just as I am now fighting against this other one ”, he noted.
“Dictatorships lack imagination, they repeat their lies, their fury, their hatred and their whims. They are the same delusions and the same blind stubbornness for power and the same mediocrity of those who, having repressive instruments in their fists and having stripped themselves of all scruples, also believe that they are masters of the dignity, conscience and freedom of the people. others, “he valued.
Faced with the possible search of his home, Ramírez Mercado said that “what they are going to find is a house full of books, the books of a writer, the books of my whole life.”
Committed to democracy and freedom
“I am a writer committed to democracy and freedom, and I will not give up that effort from where I am,” said the novelist, who stressed that his “literary work of years is the work of a free man.”
“The only weapons I have are words and silence will never be imposed on me,” he declared.
Ramírez Mercado chairs the organization Fundación Luisa Mercado, named after his mother, a teacher for generations, who is dedicated to promoting cultural and educational development for the benefit of young people, creators and educators.
A day earlier, President Ortega had described opponents who are detained for alleged treason against the country as “terrorists,” and Nicaraguan bishops and priests critical of his government “demons in cassocks” and “satanic”.
According to the president, his adversaries “were preparing to repeat history (from the April 2018 protests) and justice is being done, that’s all, justice is being done against the terrorists. ‘
In the framework of the electoral process, the Nicaraguan authorities have 36 opposition leaders arrested and / or sent to trial and independent professionals, including seven who announced their intentions to run for the presidency in the November elections, in which Ortega seeks a new reelection.
In the November elections, Ortega, a former Sandinista guerrilla who is about to turn 76 years old and who returned to power in 2007 after coordinating a Government Junta from 1979 to 1984 and presiding over the country for the first time from 1985 to 1990, seeks his fifth term, fourth in a row, and second with his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo.