Opinion-- Through this letter I express my unquestionable condemnation of Amnesty International with regards to the destabilizing role it has actually played in Nicaragua, my nation of birth.I open this letter quoting Donatella Rovera, who at the time this quote was made had been among Amnesty International's field private investigators for more than Twenty Years: Dispute circumstances create highly politicized and polarized environments(... ). Gamers and interested celebrations go to extraordinary
lengths to control or manufacture"proof"for both internal and external usage. A current, though by no means the just, example is offered by the Syrian conflict in exactly what is typically referred to as the" YouTube war,"with a myriad methods employed to manipulate video footage of events which occurred at other times in other locations-- including in other countries-- and present them as "evidence" of atrocities committed by one or the other parties to the dispute in Syria." Ms. Rovera's remarks, made in 2014, effectively describe the scenario of Nicaragua today, where even the preamble of the crisis was manipulated to create rejection of the Nicaraguan government. Amnesty International's
maliciously titled report, Shoot to Eliminate: Nicaragua's Technique to Repress Protest, might be dismantled point by point, but doing so requires valuable time that the Nicaraguan individuals do not have, for that reason I will concentrate on two primary points: The report entirely does not have neutrality Amnesty International's role is contributing to the mayhem in which the nation discovers itself.The running story, agreed-upon by the regional opposition and the business western media, is as follows:
- That president Ortega sought to cut 5 percent from retirees'month-to-month retirement checks, which he was going to increase contributions, made by workers and employers, into the social security system. The reforms
triggered demonstrations, the response to which was a government-ordered genocide of tranquil protestors, more than 60, mainly trainees. A day or two after that, the Nicaraguan government would wait up until nightfall to send its police out in order to annihilate the Nicaraguan population, night after night, city by city, in the process destroying its own public buildings and eliminating its own authorities force, to then culminate its murderous rampage with a Mothers'Day massacre, and so on.While the above narrative is not uniformly expressed by all anti-government actors, the unifying elements are that the government is devoting genocide, and that the president and vice-president should go.Amnesty International's assertions are mainly based on either testament by anti-government witnesses and victims, or the uncorroborated and extremely manipulated info emitted by U.S.-financed anti-government mediaoutlets, and non-profit organizations, jointly known as "civil society."The 3 main media organizations pointed out by the report: Confidencial, 100 %Noticias, and La Prensa, are sworn opponents of the Ortega government; most of these opposition news media companies, in addition to some, if not all, of the main non-profits cited by the report, are funded by the United States, through companies like the National Democratic Institute(NDI )and the National Endowment for Democracy(NED), which has actually been characterized by retired U.S. Congressman, Ron Paul, as: ... a company that uses US tax money to in fact subvert democracy, by showering funding on preferred political celebrations or movements overseas. It finances color-coded 'people's revolutions 'overseas that look more like pages out of Lenin's works on stealing power than real indigenous democratic motions."Amnesty's report heavily depends on 100%Noticias, an anti-government news outlet that has actually aired controlled and inflammatory product to produce hatred versus the Nicaraguan government, including footage of serene protesters, unaware of that the protesters were carrying handguns, rifles, and were contending policeman during occurrences reported by the network as acts of authorities repression of opposition marches. On Moms'Day, 100%Noticias reported the purported shooting of unarmed protesters by authorities shooters, consisting of an event in which a boy's brains were spilling from his skull.
The network followed the report with a photo that Ms. Rovera would refer to as an incident "... which happened at other times in other places."The image included in the report was quickly fulfilled on social media by links to past online short articles depicting the exact same image.One of the sources( footnote # 77)mentioned to corroborate the supposed rejection of healthcare at state healthcare facilities to patients injured at opposition occasions-- among the primary accusations duplicated and reaffirmed by Amnesty International- is a press conference released by La Prensa, where the Chief of Surgical treatment rejects claims that he had actually been fired, or that healthcare facility authorities had actually rejected care to protesters at the start of the conflict. "I repeat,"he is heard stating, "as the chief of surgery, I repeat [the] order: to look after, I will be clear, to take care of the entire population that comes here, without investigating anything at all."In other
words, among Amnesty International's own sources opposes one of its report's primary claims.The above-mentioned examples of controlled and produced proof, to borrow the words of Amnesty's own investigator, are simply a small sample, but they record the essence of this modality of U.S.-sponsored regime change. The report eats claims from those on one side of the dispute, and relies on deeply damaged evidence; it eventually assists produce the mirage of a genocidal state, in turn creating more antigovernment sentiment in your area and abroad, and paving the way for ever more aggressive foreign intervention.A different narrative The initial reforms to social security were not proposed by the Sandinista government, however by the International Monetary Fund(IMF), and they were supported by a prominent organisation group, known as COSEP.
They included raising the retirement age from 60 to 65 and doubling the variety of quotas necessary to obtain complete social security from 750 to 1500. Amongst the affected retired people, approximately 53,000, are the families of combatants who passed away in the armed conflict of the 1980s, from both the Sandinista army and the"Contras,"the mercenary army funded by the United States government in the 1980s, around the very same time the NED was created, in part, to stop the spread of Sandinismo in Latin America.The Nicaraguan federal government countered the IMF's reforms by rejecting the cutting out
of any senior citizens, with a proposed 5%cut to all retirement checks, an increase in all contributions to the social security system, and with fiscal reform that removed a tax-ceiling that protected Nicaragua's most significant salaries from greater tax. The business sector raged, and together with nongovernmental companies organized the first marches, using the pretext of the reforms in the very same manipulative way Amnesty International's report describes them:" ... the reform increased social security contributions by both employers and workers and imposed an extra 5 %contribution on pensioners."The continuing story, duplicated and confirmed by Amnesty International, is that the protesters are tranquil and the genocidal government is crazily set on committing atrocities in plain sight. On the other hand, the number of dead amongst Sandinista fans and authorities officers continues to increase. The report mentions that ballistic investigations recommend that those shooting at protesters are likely experienced snipers, indicating government involvement, however cannot point out that a number of the victims are Sandinistas, routine residents, and police officers. It also does not discuss that the "serene protesters" have actually burned down and damaged more than 60 public structures, amongst them many City Halls, Sandinista homes, markets, artisan shops, radio stations, and more; nor does it mention that the protesters have actually developed"tranques,"or obstructions, in order to cripple the economy as a tactic to oust the federal government. Such"tranques"have actually ended up being exceptionally unsafe scenes where murder, break-in, kidnapping, and the rape of a minimum of
one kid have actually occurred; a young pregnant female whose ambulance wasn't let through likewise passed away on May 17 th. All of these criminal offenses occur day-to-day and are highly recorded, but aren't included in Amnesty International's report.While the company is best to criticize the federal government's belittling reaction to the initial demonstrations, such reaction was not completely false. According to the report, Vice-President Murillo said, to name a few things, that" ... they [the protesters] had made up the reports of deaths (...)as part of an anti-government technique."What Amnesty neglects is that several of the reported dead students did show up alive, among them all the way in Spain, while others had not been eliminated at rallies, nor were they students or activists, consisting of one who passed away from a scattered bullet, and another who passed away from a cardiac arrest in his bed.Amnesty's report likewise leaves out that many of the students have deserted the motion, declaring that there are lawbreakers entrenched at universities as well as at the various"tranques,"who are only thinking about destabilizing the nation. Those bad guys have created a state of sustained worry among the population, enforcing "taxes"on those who want passage, maltreating those who refuse tobe detained, kidnapping them, beating them, abusing them, and setting their automobiles on fire. In a common practice, they undress their victims, paint their naked bodies in public with the blue and white of the Nicaraguan flag, and after that set them complimentary, prompting them to run right prior to shooting them with homemade mortar weapons. All of this info, which did not make the report, is readily available in numerous videos and other sources.Why Nicaragua?The most fundamental evaluation of the history between Nicaragua and the United States will reveal a clear competition. Beginning in the mid-1800s, Nicaragua has actually been resisting U.S. intervention into the nation's affairs, a resistance that continued through the 20 th century, initially with General August C. Sandino's battle in the 1920s and 30s, and after that with the Sandinistas, organized as the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), which toppled the U.S.-supported, 40-year Somoza family dictatorship in 1979. The FSLN, in spite of having actually gained power through armed struggle, required elections soon after its accomplishment in 1984, and eventually lost to yet another U.S.-supported union of right-wing political celebrations in 1990. The FSLN once again handled, assisted by pacts made with the church and the opposition, to win the election of 2006, and has remained in power since.In addition to Nicaragua's close ties with Venezuela, Cuba, Russia, and specifically China, with whom the nation signed an agreement to construct a canal, the other primary factor the United States is after the Sandinistas, is Nicaragua's extremely effective financial model, which represents an existential threat to the neoliberal financial order imposed by the U.S. and its allies.Despite always being among the poorest nations in the American continent and the world, Nicaragua
has managed, considering that Ortega
went back to power in 2007, to cut poverty by three quarters. Prior to the demonstrations in April, the nation's economy sustained a constant yearly financial development of about 5%for several years, and the nation had the third fastest-growing economy in Latin America, and was among the most safe countries in the region.The federal government's infrastructural upgrades have actually facilitated trade among Nicaragua's poorest residents; they have actually produced universal access to education: main, secondary, and university; there are programs on land, housing, nutrition, and more; the health care system, while modest, is not just exceptional, however accessible to everyone. Roughly 90 %of the food taken in by Nicaraguans is produced in Nicaragua, and about 70% of jobs come from the grassroots economy-- instead of from transnational corporations-including from small financiers from the United States and Europe, who have actually moved to the country and are a driving force behind the tourism industry.The audacity of success, of offering its poorest citizens a life with dignity, of being an example of sovereignty to wealthier, more effective countries, all in direct contradiction to the neoliberal model and its focus on privatization and austerity, has as soon as again placed Nicaragua in the crosshairs of U.S. intervention. Envision the example to other nations -their economies currently strangled by neoliberal policies -ending up being mindful of one of the poorest nations on earth having the ability to feed its
individuals and grow its economy without tossing its poorest residents under the iron boot of industrialism. The United States will never ever endure such a hazardous example.In closing The Nicaraguan government has deficiencies and contradictions to deal with, like all federal governments, and as a Sandinista myself I want to see the celebration changed in numerous essential methods, both internally and externally. I have refrained from writing of those shortages and contradictions, however, due to the fact that the violent protests and ensuing turmoil we have actually seen are not the outcome of the Nicaraguan federal government's shortcomings, but rather, of its numerous successes; that bothersome fact is the factor the United States and its allies, consisting of Amnesty International, have opted to"... develop highly politicized and polarized environments(... ). [And to] go to remarkable lengths to control or make"evidence"for both internal and external usage."At a time when even the Organization of American States, the United Nations, and the Vatican have actually required tranquil and constitutional reforms as the only escape of the dispute, Amnesty International has actually continued to beseech the worldwide community to
not "desert the Nicaraguan individuals." Such prejudiced stance, obscenely puffed up on highly controlled, misshaped, and one-sided information, has made the terrible circumstance in Nicaragua even worse. The loss of Nicaraguan lives, consisting of the blood of those overlooked by Amnesty International, has been utilized to manufacture the "evidence" utilized in the organization's report, makings the company complicit in what future foreign intervention might fall upon the Nicaraguan individuals. It is now up to the company to fix that wrong, and to do so in a manner that shows a firm commitment most importantly to the reality, anywhere it might fall, and to neutrality, peace, democracy, and constantly, to the sovereignty of every country on earth.Sincerely, Camilo E. Mejia Iraq war veteran, resister, and diligent objector( 2003-2004)Amnesty International prisoner of conscience( June 2004)Born in Nicaragua, resident of the world Top Image|A lady sweeps the Cuba Plaza backdropped by a mural portraying Cuba's previous President Fidel Castro and Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega, in Managua, Nicaragua, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.(AP Photo/Esteban Felix)The post Open Letter to Amnesty International by Former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience appeared first on MintPress News.