[Marxism] Fwd: In Defense of Nicaragua

Fred Fuentes fred.fuentes at gmail.com
Sun Dec 21 03:25:59 MST 2008

Friends and comrades

We send you the Manifesto "IN DEFENCE OF NICARAGUA" - also in the WORD format.

The Manifesto is the initiative of a group of Nicaraguans and
internationalists aiming to awaken the international conscience about
what is happening in this Central American country, victim of a fierce
campaign of harrassment and destabilization carried out by forces of
the local oligarchy, financed and directed by the United States and
the most powerful of the European governments.

If you agree with the Manifesto's content and want to support it
please send an e-mail to:

carta at tortillaconsal.com

indicating your name, the town where you live and your country of
residence. If you want to support the Manifesto as an organization
please help us by indicating its country and the town or city where it
is located.

Likewise, if you have time available to help Nicaragua, we request
that you circulate the Manifesto to those who may want to support it.

We want to close the signature process for January 10th 2009 when the
Sandinista government will complete two years in office.

We hope to build an international wall in defence of Nicaragua.

Thank you


In Defense of Nicaragua

Most of Latin America is in the process of irreversible change. Its
peoples have elected governments that have taken the path of
independence, dignity and sovereignty to shake off foreign tutelage
that has submerged the region for centuries in misery and repression
by force of arms.

In November 2006, the Nicaraguan people elected the Sandinista Front
for National Liberation (FSLN) to direct its destiny and from January
2007 the new government has taken up again the process of
self-determination begun on July 19th 1979 which had been abandoned
for 17 years by three neo-liberal, capitalist, anti-democratic,
anti-nationalist  governments.

Nicaragua has recovered its national dignity with a government
independent of the imperial powers, one which again places the most
impoverished at the centre of its development policies.

As part of this process, Nicaragua has joined the Bolivarian
Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) and with the generous support of
many peoples and governments, especially Cuba and Venezuela, the
Sandinista government has set up various programmers by means of which
the Nicaraguan people have recovered a great deal of their social and
economic rights, broadening the possibilities for socialist,
democratic national progress.

But just as happened during the 1980s, when the United States launched
its war of aggression against the Nicaraguan people and the Sandinista
Popular Revolution, today Nicaragua has to face a ruthless campaign of
lies and blackmail promoted from Washington and various European
capitals, using the methods of information counter-insurgency, within
a low intensity war, with the objective of blocking Nicaragua's
independent development under the leadership of the government of
President Daniel Ortega.

This campaign has surged in recent months with the objective of
discrediting the unquestionable and categorical electoral victory of
the FSLN in the municipal elections of November 9th last, when
Nicaraguans validated with their votes their support for the country's
new direction.

This campaign has reached the extreme of suspending development aid to
the Nicaraguan people. It is unacceptable that the governments of
developed countries should use as a political weapon for imperialist
domination the money their own peoples assign to the most impoverished

For all of these reasons, we free women and men who believe Another
World is Possible,


1. Our unconditional support for the right of the Nicaraguan people to
self determination and national sovereignty, without foreign
interference of any kind.

2. Our support for the independent, sovereign, popular, course taken
by the FSLN government, led by President Daniel Ortega.

3. Our delight at the Sandinista victory in 105 out of 146 municipal
authorities in this year's municipal elections.

We reject and condemn:

1. Foreign interference in Nicaragua's internal affairs.

2.  The policy of blackmail used by the governments of the United
States and the European Union.

3. The campaign of lies promoted by the international (dis)information
corporations and multinationals.

We encourage:

1. All the world's peoples, especially in North America and Europe, to
renew their links of friendship with Nicaragua, pressuring their
respective governments to increase the sums destined to eradicate
poverty in Nicaragua and to oblige them to desist from interfering in
the internal affairs of the Nicaraguan people.

2. Social communicators, especially in alternative communications
media, to break the silence on the situation in Nicaragua and to
actively inform in a truthful, independent way on what is really
happening in Nicaragua and the Central American region.

3. The progressive and independent governments of Latin America and
the world to show their unrestricted solidarity with the Nicaraguan
people and its legitimate, democratically elected government.

December 2008

Blanca Segovia Sandino, Nicaragua

Marbely Castillo C., Nicaragua

Walter Castillo Sandino, Nicaragua

Aldo Díaz Lacayo, writer and historian, Nicaragua

William Grigsby Vado, writer and journalist, Nicaragua

Karla Jacobs, writer, Nicaragua

Dick Emanuelsson, journalist, Honduras

toni solo, writer, Nicaragua

Lidia Camacho,  resident in Sweden, Uruguay,

Manuel Talens, writer, Spain

Oscar Ernesto Castillo, writer, Nicaragua

Verónica Alemán Gutiérrez, Comité Canario de Solidaridad con los
Pueblos, Canarias, España

Salah Ahmine, Nicaragua

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