One day after the meeting between President Ortega and the Episcopal Conference, which culminated without any agreement to resume the National Dialogue, the “tranques” (roadblocks) spread and grew on all roads in the country, because “they are the only form of pressure” against the Violence by the Government,” says leader Francisca Ramírez the campesino movement.
“The pressure will continue until the government “signs of REAL change,” say CAMPESINO leaders.
In the departments of Managua, Carazo, Masaya, Granada, Leon, Boaco, Chontales, the RAAS, Estelí, and Matagalpa, at least 87 tranques have been installed, according to the calculation of a national security company.
Ramírez said that every day more and more people are joining the fight and the call for work strike because they have become aware of the difficult situation that the country is going through and will maintain the barriers “until Daniel Ortega shows signs of a real change”.
On Thursday, Ortega asked of the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference two days to “reflect” on the demands included in the democratization agenda. However, on Friday, the day after the meeting, the repressions in Managua, Jinotega, and other departments continued, leaving several dead and dozens injured.
“It is a sacrifice that we know affects Nicaraguans to a certain extent, but the same population knows that we have no other way to change the course of the country,” said the leader of the campesino movement.
Faced with the repression and assassinations of demonstrators that continue to occur, “the only way out” that has remained “are in the streets” and that is why the barricades will remain “firm and in resistance,” said Medardo Mairena, an anti-canal campesino leader and one of the members of the National Dialogue.
“We have spoken with the leaders of the self-appointed barricades throughout the national territory and they all say that the struggle must continue because they are firm in the demand for Daniel Ortega to leave the country,” he said.