During the celebratory act for the reelection, which was granted to him by the Supreme Electoral Council in a process without political competition, Daniel Ortega devoted an hour and a half to attacking the international community in a long speech on radio and television. He focused mainly on the European Union and the United States, whom he called “fascists” and “Nazi’s” for their condemnnation and disregard of the voting process of Sunday, November 7.
As of this Monday, 38 countries have denied the legitimacy of the elections that gave Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo 75.92 % of the votes, in the midst of a process characterized by a high level of abstentions, which according to the citizen observatory Urnas Abiertas, reached up to 81.5 %.
During his speech, Ortega called the political prisoners, who were imprisoned to eliminate the electoral competition and include seven aspiring presidential candidates, “sons of bitches of the imperialists” in addition to his usual epithets of “traitors” and “sellouts”.
“Just as President (Franklin D.) Roosevelt said that ‘Somoza is a son of a bitch, but he is our son of a bitch’, in other words, those who are imprisoned are the sons of bitches of the Yankee imperialists. They should take them to the United States, because they are not Nicaraguans, they have no homeland. They can do what they know best there, be slaves of the empire, traitors of the homeland”, shouted Ortega amidst the applause of his followers.
Among the prisoners of conscience are opposition presidential aspirants Cristiana Chamorro, Arturo Cruz, Félix Maradiaga, Juan Sebastián Chamorro, Medardo Mairena, and Noel Vidaurre, accused of conspiracy against national sovereignty and money laundering. The last Cid Gallup poll conducted in October, hired by CONFIDENCIAL, revealed that any of the seven imprisoned candidates would have beaten Ortega in free elections, obtaining 65% against 17% of the votes for Ortega.
During the event, the ruler was accompanied on his stage by the high command of the Nicaraguan Army and the National Police, as well as diplomatic representatives of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and the Russian Federation.
“Here in Nicaragua, while Sandino was struggling, the Yankees organized elections at the request of the sellouts, of the traitors, like those who are in jail. With a Supreme Electoral Council managed by gringo officials. That was a disgrace and the traitors accepted the results. That is what they wanted for these elections”, alleged Ortega.
Ortega attacks the U.S. and the European Union
Throughout the electoral context, Ortega has imprisoned 39 new political prisoners, including presidential aspirants, political and civic leaders, businessmen, peasant and student leaders and journalists. In addition, he is holding another 113 political prisoners hostage for their participation in the April 2018 citizen protests.
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, declared that the elections in Nicaragua have been a “neither free, nor fair, and certainly not democratic pantomime” and warned that he will use “add diplomatic and economic tools” at his disposal including the Renacer law, to expand the pressure towards the Orteguista regime.
“Imagine, Nicaragua is considered a threat to the security of the United States, to always maintain tools with which to continue harassing, applying what they call sanctions (...) They speak with their fist,” Ortega insisted.
For its part, the European Union (EU) considered that the reelection of Daniel Ortega lacks “legitimacy” since the elections were held “without democratic guarantees” and completes the transformation of the country into an “autocratic regime”.
Accuses European rulers of being “fascists and Nazis”
Ortega attacked Spain and the European Union, claiming that their governments are controlled by fascist and Nazi operators, which always maintain what he calls a “colonialist mentality”.
“We have seen the recurrence of a majority of fascist and Nazi parliamentarians in what is known today as the European Union. That is the democracy that Europe has. They are governing in the majority of fascist countries and the European Union, also the majority of its members are fascists and Nazis,” Ortega said.
“That is why there is so much hatred for the peoples who fight for our independence, for our sovereignty. That is why there is so much hatred against Cuba, against Venezuela, and Bolivia. They always feel that these peoples continue to rebel and break the chains of colonialism,” he continued.
Precisely, so far, the only three countries in the Americas that have recognized the voting results and congratulated Ortega and Murillo for their electoral triumph have been Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia.
Ortega also greeted the electoral companions who came to support his voting process, and justified that the international press was prohibited entry to the country to cover these irregular elections by alleging that they are “employees of the US intelligence agencies”.
Finally, the ruler demanded that the international community recognize the results of the voting process. “We insist that we are committed to peace. The people turned out to vote for peace. We demand from the powers that are constantly threatening us… we want good relations, relations of respect”.
The event later turned into a concert celebrating the voting results, with music, dancers and drones. Even Ortega himself got down from his podium to greet, take selfies and even dance with the members of the musical groups that enlivened his speech with songs praising his image.
This article was originally published in Spanish in Confidencial and translated by our staff