Stop Excessive Force on Innocent Nicaraguan Demonstrators

Target: Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua

Goal: End violent police brutality against the innocent citizens of Nicaragua.

Political turmoil is brewing in Nicaragua. Citizens have taken to the streets since April 18, calling for President Daniel Ortega’s resignation after he attempted to overhaul the welfare system by raising taxes by four percent and slashing benefits by five percent. While these may seem like modest changes, higher pension contributions for lower benefits outraged the country and sparked immense anti-Sandinista protests. Approval ratings for Ortega were already dismal since he was controversially reelected in 2007 and is currently vying for his third consecutive term.

For the moment, Ortega has reportedly decided not to pursue any welfare reforms. What’s irreversible, however, is the pointless violence inflicted upon innocent people at the hands of law enforcement officers. Clashes between protesters and security forces have resulted in over 30 casualties so far, not to mention countless injuries and over 100 imprisoned. Some even accuse police officers of using live ammunition on demonstrators. Urge the embattled president to respect human rights and democratic institutions by signing the petition.


Dear President Ortega,

In April, you foolishly attempted to require workers and retirees to pay more social security taxes while simultaneously lowering benefits. From guerrilla leader in the 1970s dedicated to land reform and wealth distribution, to modern day capitalist – you have truly disappointed many by pursuing such weak legislation. When protests over this half-baked measure were obstructed by an aggressive police force, more than 30 activists died, dozens were injured, and over 100 arrested. If such tactics were supposed to deter people from challenging your authority, they only managed to strengthen the opposition movement even further.

As you proceeded to cancel your tax proposal following public outcry, did you realize that people lost their lives over your indecisiveness? Let this be a reminder that your country and the world is vigilantly watching your administration. Seeing how this is the worst political violence Nicaragua has faced since the end of the Civil War in the 1990s, it would be advisable to formally condemn the excessive use of police force. Many are also calling for a new government altogether and prepared to negotiate. Take the time to listen to your constituents if human rights mean anything to you.


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  1. Gen Agustsson says:

    no more racist police brutality!

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