Bianca wages war on ‘corrupt’ Ortega
BIANCA JAGGER has called for an end to the oppressive political regime in Nicaragua which has led to dozens of deaths and thousands of people marching on the streets in protest.
The Nicaraguan-born human rights defender – who was married to Rolling Stone frontman Mick – said she ‘grieved for the dead’, many of whom were only teenagers, and called for President Daniel Ortega to ‘go, now’.
‘For decades, Ortega was a revered figure in the country, thanks to his role as one of the political leaders of the Sandinista revolution that overthrew the murderous dictator Anastasio Somoza and vowed to bring democracy and a fairer, more equal society to Nicaragua,’ she said.
‘President Ortega has become the new Somoza, enriching himself at the expense of his country’s poor, silencing political opposition, doing sweetheart tax deals with the wealthiest and most corrupt people... and, like Somoza, using the army and the police to crush dissent.’
About 50,000 people died during the 1960s revolution in the country and in the war against the American-backed Contras that followed. The latest unrest began last month after Ortega approved cuts to pensions and social security, sparking the biggest challenge to his authority since he took office in 2007.
Human rights groups estimate there have been at least 49 deaths during clashes with police, and a further 650 injured. Although Ortega – who is serving his third term in power – has rolled back on his plans, fresh protests took place in the capital, Managua, last week.
ANGER: Nicaraguanborn Bianca Jagger