[Marxism] Trump deporting Nicaraguans
lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Dec 8 09:39:04 MST 2018
On 12/8/18 11:25 AM, John Reimann via Marxism wrote:
> If the protests against Ortega
> are all just a CIA plot,
Nobody, especially me, believes that there is a "CIA plot". This is
Marxmail, not the Grayzone.
The real issue is the character of the opposition that tends to get
swept under the rug.
Just a reminder. This is what a leading supporter of the anti-government
movement wrote in NACLA, hardly a magazine that could be described as
apologists for Ortega:
Yet not everyone who supports the movement shares this revolutionary
nostalgia. In fact, many in the movement and the civic alliance are
fervent anti-Sandinistas. These are people who do not just oppose Ortega
and Murillo in the current context but also pro-capitalists who have
attacked the Sandinistas since their emergence. This group includes
Somocistas (those who defend the legacy of the Somoza dictatorship),
Liberals, Conservatives, and former Contras. There is growing evidence
that from the ranks of anti-Sandinistas such groups are arming
themselves and gaining momentum.
Meanwhile, labor unions —government-sponsored or otherwise—appear to
have little sway in the movement, though human rights organizations like
the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH) and the Maria Elena
Cuadra maquila network claim to represent the interests of workers and
women in the larger alliance and national dialogue. Some members of the
private sector, who claim to represent the interests not only of capital
interests but also labor, have called for a National Strike.
Further, representation of peasants and farmers, who make up over 40% of
Nicaragua’s population, is incomplete. While some farmers are involved
in a movement against a proposed trans-oceanic canal through Nicaragua,
this group has little connection to the much larger northern and
northwestern agricultural parts of the country and the demands of
campesinos living there. So, it is unclear where farmers and other rural
sectors might fall in the context of the national movement.
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