Bianca wages war on ‘cor­rupt’ Ortega

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - CERVICAL CANCER SCANDAL - By Jo Mac­far­lane

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

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