Government May Day call for peace through dialogue
News from Nicaragua | Wednesday, 2 May 2018 |
Tens of thousands of government supporters attended a May Day rally in Managua where President Daniel Ortega committed the government to ‘defending peace and stability under whatever circumstances even the most difficult’.
He went on to state that ‘Everyone repudiates and condemns the violent acts we have witnessed.’… We all commit to ensuring that Nicaragua never returns to violence.’
‘On the question of the defence of peace we are not going back’. In reference to the Government’s call for national dialogue, President Ortega stated that it should include ‘social and economic justice, and justice in relation to the deplorable events….these situations must be investigated, and are being investigated to find those responsible’.
The rally held a minute’s silence in memory of those who have lost their lives, and an expression of solidarity with their families.
The rally ended with the slogans ‘No to deaths, no to destruction and violence, yes to life and dialogue.’
This rally followed that organised by church leaders on Sunday 29 April attended by tens of thousands that passed off peacefully. The protesters called for justice, peace, reconciliation, justice for the dead, freedom of expression, and separation of state powers.