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León - Under fire

My previous picture had almost no note. To compensate an extra long note this time.

The picture is taken on the courtyard of the Museum of the Revolution in León.
Back home after the journey when seeing this picture I thought of the film ‘Under Fire’ from 1983 about the last days of the Nicaraguan Revolution that ended the Somoza regime in 1979 (a film with Nick Nolte and Gene Hackman).
Terrible that nowadays people who demonstrate peacefully are also under fire by dictator Daniel Ortega.

To avoid all misunderstandings, I don’t know the men on the picture and have not spoken to them.
But not far from the museum I met a man of my age who had fought for years with the Sandinistas against the military dictatorship of Somoza. He was a Sandinista in heart and soul but he expressed his disgust for the current regime of Ortega.

Two days after my return home the demonstrations in Nicaragua began and they were beaten down violently.
I had not expected that at the time but later reminding me of the older revolutionary and what he told me, I should not have been surprised that much.
Meanwhile, violence continues in the country.

Update from VRT news:

Human rights committee concerned about the situation of opponents in Nicaragua:

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is concerned about the situation of opponents of the regime of Daniel Ortega who have been arrested and imprisoned in Nicaragua after protests.
One of the imprisoned persons is the 23-year-old Belgian-Nicaraguan student Amaya Coppens.
She is suspected of 'terrorist acts'.

Joel Hernández García, rapporteur for the Human Rights Commission was recently in Managua but was denied access to Chipote prison where the majority of the arrested opponents are imprisoned.

Joel Hernández García criticizes the refusal to cooperate with the authorities. They also didn’t want to exchange information with the rapporteur.
But Hernández did have encounters with relatives of the opponents, their lawyers and representatives of the civilian community. These expressed their concern about the circumstances in which the imprisoned demonstrators are locked up.

According to the Nicaraguan human rights center, at least 500 opponents of the regime have been arrested for organising, participating in or supporting demonstrations. These acts are considered as 'terrorist acts'.
Among them is the Belgian-Nicaraguan student Amaya Coppens.

Since April 2018 president and dictator Daniel Ortega has been confronted with a huge wave of social protests in the country. The immediate cause was a bill on the reform of social security that ultimately did not take place.

As a result of the political crisis, more than 320 people were killed and more than 2.000 others injured. Hundreds of demonstrators have been arrested and at least 400 doctors and teachers were fired.

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