[Marxism] Trump deporting Nicaraguans

Louis Proyect 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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