Tensions remain high in Nicaragua as the calls continue for President Daniel Ortega to step down. While the fight is ongoing at home, Nicaraguan, Daisy George West, a former teacher is in Belize trying to drum up support. West is part of a group Alianza Para La Justicia y la Democracia that is trying to bring changes in the country. She further explained why she is in Belize.
Daisy George MS, Caribe-Nicaragua: We need to seek for a solution in Nicaragua; the crisis has gone up to 112 days and of to date yet we haven’t find a solution because the Government is not showing any political will to open and have a “seeking for a solution” so the idea is that since somehow the Mosqitia of Nicaragua and the Mosqitia of Honduras and Belize. We share a lot of things alike, we were part of the British Colony and we have a lot culture in common and in certain ways our identity as-well because we live in certain way of the Fishery, Agriculture and some part of the Tourism as well so the idea is that we can come and talk from a different perspective. What is the crisis of Nicaragua and how it is happening there because sometimes the media always put up things from their own way of saying things and in Nicaragua the situation is really hard for us right now. We don’t have a law; we are lacking in the states of law.
West shared several examples of how governance of the country has changes in recent times. As has been reported, the unrest started after President Ortega attempted to reform pensions.
Daisy George MS, Caribe-Nicaragua: Since 2006 when the Government return against Daniel Ortega and his wife for example the Social Security they change all the people, all the authority and they gave up the Social Security institution with about 32 million of Cordabes and in April; after 11 years he came and he make a reform saying that the Social Security Institution didn’t have any money so they needed to take another step of change and this was like telling all the old people that pay more than 30 years of their Social Security that did have access health. They were to pay addition 5% at their own pension money so the elders went to protest and what happened was the worst thing. The police come and beat them up so the students of the University went out to protect the elder people.
Earlier today West met with Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pat Andrews.
Daisy George MS, Caribe-Nicaragua: I present from at-least the civil society perspective about what is happening in Nicaragua. What we would like is Belize to at-least join to look for the truth. We trying to see if all the international community go and look for the truth because at this moment. The behavior; the tendency that we have been seeing from our government is to deny everything. They haven’t done anything; people are provoking things but who live there, who have embassies there; they have been witness in whatever is happening. We have been in different countries; we have been talking with different ambassadors where there are in different places in Washington DC so we have several countries from the Caribbean that join in and look for the truth but at this moment Belize had been voting as abstence. They are not deciding so I hope the information that I share with Mr. Andrew that he could present it to the Prime Minster and the Minster of Foreign Affair so they can look for Justice, social justice.
West says there is a sense of uncertainty in the country and there is no clear indication when the situation will be resolved.