MANAGUA, May 30 (AFP) — Bianca Jagger, Nicaraguan rights activist and actress, accused President Daniel Ortega of waging a “dirty war” against his own people in unrest that has killed at least 87 people.
Jagger was visiting Managua to publicize the launch of an Amnesty International report.
Jagger, who witnessed an attack on university students on Monday, said government security forces “that are prepared for war” were killing young people “like dogs.”
“What we have here is a dirty war” against students and an unarmed civilian population, Jagger told a news conference.
“Here we do not have a Sandinista revolution, we have a civic demand” for justice and democracy.
Jagger told the news conference that young people protesting in the streets and universities “are willing to die so that we have free elections.”
“The time has come for us to ask for an obtain justice…today I say that the only solution that exists for Nicaragua is for Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo to leave” and allow free elections to be held.
Jagger was visiting the rector of Managua’s University of Engineering on Monday when student protesters there came under attack from security forces. “We heard mortars, bullets and then saw member of the population who came to help students on motorcycles,” she told reporters.