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sure enough, blocked the protest

Ortega's FSLN was indeed successful in stopping the march of the PLC.  By making sure the PLC supporters couldn't get to Managua, while bringing all the FSLN supporters to literally take over all the intersections, no opposition march could take place... despite the PLC opposition likely having more supporters overall than the FSLN, they are simply not as motivated by the will to power.  Now Ortega simply must keep the PLC repressed long enough so that they give up hope of mass action, and it's back to business for the mafiosos.

http://www.laprensa.com.ni/archivo/2008/noviembre/18/noticias/ultimahora...

yikes...

Asesinan al presidente de los CPC de mercados de Managua

(Dead link - nuevaya.com.ni/index.php/2008111429852/Noticias-de-Portada/Asesinan-al-presidente-de-los-CPC-de-los-Mercado-de-Managua.html)

The website where this appears is a Sandinista site.  Perhaps someone more familiar with this particular case will be able to comment on it better than I; I can only sum up the article - a mid-level Sandinista was killed, supposedly by a gang of four people; it seems to the author politically motivated, because four people also were said to have said 'We're going to kill these sons of b****** one by one' when they were said to have stabbed a journalist from the website where the article appears.

"Los trabajadores del mayor centro de compras del país, demandaron a la Policía ir hasta el fondo en sus investigaciones sobre el asesinato de Alberto Reyes Somarriba, de 62 años, presidente de la Asociación de Comerciantes Unidos del Mercado Oriental, quien además era el presidente de los Consejos del Poder Ciudadano de los mercados de Managua.

Aunque los asesinos se llevaron seis mil córdobas, 200 dólares y una pistola durante el crimen ocurrido en la colonia Unidad de Propósitos, todo indica que fue una pasada de cuentas de elementos extremistas que lo mandaron a matar porque, a pesar de tener raíces liberales, desde el 2006 Alberto Reyes se había adherido a la Alianza, Unida Nicaragua Triunfa.

Siguiendo la lógica de agresión perpetrada primero contra nuestro compañero de labores, Nicolás Berríos, éste solo fue acuchillado y se salvó por ser un reconocido periodista sandinista; pero en el caso de Alberto Reyes Somarriba no lo perdonaron porque dejó de apoyar a los liberales, para respaldar el proyecto de nación del Frente Sandinista.

Alberto Reyes Somarriba, falleció dos horas después de haber ingresado al hospital Alemán Nicaragüense luego de ser baleado en el pecho y el brazo derecho, por cuatro elementos que lo atacaron cerca de la terminal de la ruta 105, y quienes además se le llevaron un maletín con documentos y otra suma de dinero.

Don Alberto Reyes Somarriba, fue velado desde hoy en horas de la mañana en la funeraria la Católica y la Auxiliadora.

En lo que puede ser una estrategia para que el caso de Alberto Reyes sea calificado como un hecho de la delincuencia común, un segundo homicidio ocurrió anoche mismo, cerca de la Shell Waspan, en Managua, donde cuatro sujetos en un taxi blanco, mataron con balazos en el cuello, el tórax y el brazo derecho, al cambista José María Mendoza Urbina, de 39 años.

A Mendoza Urbina se le llevaron seis mil córdobas y un teléfono celular, después de perseguirlo y dispararle cuando iba en su motocicleta hacia su casa en el barrio José Dolores Estrada.

En estos últimos casos, fueron cuatro los elementos, que son la misma cantidad de sujetos que atacaron a nuestro compañero de labores Nicolás Berríos, lo que debe de ser tomado en cuenta por las autoridades, y más cuando al momento de atacar al periodista advirtieron: “Los vamos a matar, uno por uno, a estos hijos de p…”.

 

Good Question

I'm wondering the same thing myself. 

The google Nicaragua alerts have been fascinating all week.  There was one bizarre real estate site claiming Nicaragua as the 2nd safest country in the Western Hemisphere and stating "500,000 American retirees will make the country their home over the next 5-10 years" -- if anyone wants to take that side of the bet, just name the odds, I think it's unlikely that there would be a net increase of even 5,000 expatriate retirees to Nicaragua over the next 10 years.

On the other side have been many critical blogs, a Time article., and some pieces in http://www.nicatimes.net/, by I think the same people who wrote the Time article.

From what I've read on some other chat boards, things do seem a lot more tense than they had been until recently.  Even several persons who often don't want to say a bad thing about Nicaragua are admittedly very uncomfortable.

Unfortunately for the opposition, they have even less power than they had two years ago.  They can complain all they want, but they are like any other population that willingly allowed a dictator to take power.  They know that the will to power of the Sandinistas is greater than theirs.  The Sandinistas have conviction like many leftist dictators that they are uniquely qualified to lead Nicaragua and are entitled to solidify their power by any means necessary.

I predict that although there may be some minor violence and damage, that the Nicaraguan opposition will by and large continue complacently to accept the Sandinista rule.  The opposition will continue to be allowed to live and do business in Nicaragua, but the official and unofficial taxes will continue to rise.  Those who can leave and haven't yet will consider it more seriously.

Peter

 

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