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How low can the US stoop in Nicaragua Election? PDF Print E-mail
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PEJ News - Joan Russow - It has been reported in Reuters that “Grim television images from Nicaragua's 1980s civil war are being used by conservatives to scare people who would vote for left-wing former rebel and president Daniel Ortega in the Nov. 5 election.
 
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How low can the US stoop in Nicaragua Election
 
It has been reported in Reuters that “Grim television images from Nicaragua's 1980s civil war are being used by conservatives to scare people who would vote for left-wing former rebel and president Daniel Ortega in the Nov. 5 election.TV ads by center-right candidate Eduardo Montealegre and the Liberal Party's Jose Rizo show presidential front-runner Ortega in military garb and, in a separate shot, corpses being loaded onto a truck during the war between Ortega's Sandinista government and U.S.-backed Contra rebels.
 
"With this past, they won't fool you with polls," says Rizo's ad, over shots of fighting and corpses and accounts of Sandinista government troops killing indigenous people and raping women. He's a danger for Nicaragua," booms Montealegre's ad.” (Reuters, October 30, 06).
Years earlier, Noam Chomsky reported on How the US administration justified supporting “the murderous and corrupt Somoza regime in Nicaragua, and “to maintain the US-trained National Guard even as it was massacring the population “with a brutality a nation usually reserves for its enemy”, killing some 40,000 people. The reason was the familiar one: “The United States wanted Nicaraguans to act independently, except when doing so would affect US interests adversely.” “
 
In 1990, when FSLN president Daniel Ortega lost the election to the UNO Party - created, backed and funded by the US - many Nicaraguans exclaimed, "We went to the polls with a gun to our heads." They voted under the threat of yet another US invasion. Then, in the 2001 Nicaragua election, the State Department issued a statement indicating "grave reservations" about Ortega's party and "its ties to supporters of terrorism" and compared Ortega to Bin Laden.
 
Now in the 2006 Election, the US is using its funds, either through US front so-called “humanitarian” groups which taut “Freedom and Democracy”, US citizen fund raising campaigns which and donate to Nicaraguan right wing parties, or US corporation which donate money to political parties for “educational purposes”. .
 
US citizens were outraged when the Guardian urged British subjects to write letters to citizens in Ohio, during the 2004 US presidential election. Meanwhile, US media reports on the Nicaraguan election consistently ignore the longstanding US intervention in Nicaraguan elections.
 
Few US citizens would tolerate such widespread foreign intervention in elections in the US. In memory of Sandino and his commitment to end US interventionism, the break-away FSLN parties may set aside their differences to assist Ortega in reaching or even going beyond the required 35 per cent.
 
 
 
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