Nicaragua is a great prison of silence and terror

"The last time I saw my husband was the day they kidnapped him".Victoria Cárdenas, wife of Juan Sebastián Chamorro, a Nicaraguan presidential applicant who remains arrested by Daniel Ortega's regime for seven months, has denounced on Monday in Madrid the situation of the more than 170 political prisoners in the dungeons of the regime and has asked "His immediate and unconditional liberation ".

"More than eight patrols arrived on June 8 to my house and arrested my husband.They occupied my home for four hours and took what they wanted.I have not been able to hear my husband's voice again or return to my house, "says Cárdenas in a meeting with journalists at Casa de América.

Do not forget Nicaragua "."I am here to request the help of democracies and the taking of coordinated actions," said Cárdenas, which begins in Madrid a European tour for the freedom of prisoners.

"I had to leave Nicaragua with my daughter, and I can't return becauseI have been accused of betrayal of the country.If I return it would be imprisoned.My husband is resisting, with the morale high and the strong spirit, but the conditions are very bad.Has lost so much weight that I would no longer recognize.The same happens with the rest of political prisoners, "says Cárdenas, who recounts the bad conditions of those imprisoned in the chipote: light in the cells for 24 hours or total gloom; sun every 10 or 15 days for a few minutes; daily interrogations withoutLawyers; people with health problems without access to doctors.

"A woman is losing her teeth.Another person has lost memory.Another prisoner lost 40 kilos...Women are isolated in cells without ventilation.The food is lousy.There are people operated from the heart who are not receiving health care and 20 -year -old students who cannot move.They are in total helplessness.It is a cruel penitentiary system, torture for them and for family members, "he describes.

Chamorro - whose trial has been suspended indefinitely - is one of the seven opposition presidential applicants arrested before the elections of November 7 by the authorities, who also canceled the legal personality to three political parties.These elections, in which Ortega won with 75.87% of the votes with their main rivals in prison or in exile, were not recognized by most of the international community -which called them "electoral farce" -, and that have triggered sanctions by the US, Canada and the EU for the dome of the Ortega clan.

The call of the relatives of Nicaraguan prisoners in exile addresses "regional governments, so that they take the necessary actions together and that, as a region, demonstrate the regime that it cannot continue to act in this way.The electoral farce in Nicaragua should not be passed, it impacts in Latin America and the entire world ".

The Sandinista leader assumes his fifth term on Monday, the consecutive room, with absolute control of Parliament over the next five years.His wife, Rosario Murillo, will occupy the vice presidency.Yesterday, the 90 elected deputies on November 7 took possession in the National Assembly: 75 of the ruler Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), the rest of the formations considered as allies or 'puppets' of the regime, which will allow Sandinismo to exercise plenarypowers without opposition until 2027.

In this way, Ortega, a 76 -year -old guerrilla, can be perpetuated for 20 years in a row in the Nicaraguan Presidency.The authorities have confirmed assistance to their investiture of Delegations from China, North Korea, Iran, Russia, Syria, Argentina, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, Mexico, Turkey, Venezuela, Vietnam, Angola, Belice, Cambodia, Egypt, Honduras,India, Laos, Malaysia and Yemen.

"We need each country to make decisions.That's why we are here, we can not.We believed that the change would occur through the elections, but the peaceful fight has only derived in more repression, more exile.Now we need international support, "Cárdenas demands.The wife of the candidate does not lose hope and trusts that, once invested this Monday, Ortega releases the silenced opposition."Nicaragua is a great prison of silence and terror.What is happening is a humanitarian catastrophe.Six million people do not have to suffer for a dictator, "he says.

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