“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
Over 2,000 people attended the march against the canal in Moyogalpa, Ometepe Island on Saturday, November 15, 2014. When I filmed the march, it surprised me that there were less people in attendance. The last march against the canal drew 4,000 people.
It wasn’t until the march was over that I learned of military tactics to prevent hundreds of people in buses and trucks from attending. They were detained at check points along the main road from Altagracia by the Nicaraguan military.
There has been a lot of “detaining” lately in Nicaragua. After the first protest march on Ometepe Island, the ferry was detained for 20 minutes by the Nicaraguan military. I know of several other situations where people were detained in Nicaragua because of taking photos of the canal route, or simply trying to fish off the coast of Ometepe Island.
The Nicaraguan people are very patriotic and many of them feel that their country has been sold to the Chinese by President Daniel Ortega. Their love of their country was displayed in full-force through their chants, their banners, and their waving flags.
The following photos were taken by Rich, and he graciously permitted me to share them with you.
“Daniel Ortega believes in conquering the island of peace,” said Mena.
The voice of the town is the voice of God.
Daniel Ortega is equal to that of Roya, Ebola, Chichungunya, Cancer.
Daniel Ortega, we are against dredging. Do not make Lake Cocibolca into a sewer. ( At least that’s what I think this sign says. The spelling is not correct.)
Young, old and everyone between joined in the march.
The Nicaraguan flags waved in the windy chants of the protesters.
In the morning before the march, Ron and I attended an excellent presentation about the Nicaragua Canal Project by Nicaragua sin Heridas. The presentation began with the Martin Luther King, Jr. quote I posted above. I knew we were in for an educational treat after I read that quote in Spanish. I’ll post my report about the meeting, soon.