The Nicaraguan Evolution Continues: Basta Ya!

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

63 dead, 15 still missing, many injured
I’ve written regular updates to my family and friends on Facebook and others have asked me to share them. So, below, I share my personal reflections on what is happening in Nicaragua.

Actually, I was way off on the estimates of the number of protesters in the above post.Over 500,000 to 1 million protesters demonstrated around the country.

April 26th, continued.

April 27th, continued
April 28th, continued

Today is the Nicaraguan Day of Workers. It is kind of like Labor Day. All is quiet and peaceful. We wait…with faith that the Nicaraguan people will regain their freedom and their human rights. Basta Ya!

Keep Nicaragua in your thoughts.

11 thoughts on “The Nicaraguan Evolution Continues: Basta Ya!

  1. I have to laugh that you mention Sandino as a “nice” guy. Do you know the story of Sandino, not as told by the Sandinistas or the communist schools in Nicaragua? I lived in Nicaragua during the revolution of the 79’s and yes, people were tired of Somoza who was a corrupt dictator. Why did the people ransack the Casa Sandinista and cut off the nice guy statue’s head? The answer is obvious in that Ortega is another corrupt dictator and the people are tired of the abuse, tired of the Sandinista flag representing the country, tired of the fact that those who died for a free Nicaragua died in vain. You might also be aware of the US intervention in Nicaragua throughout the years, and then Russia and Cuba, which as a result, has led to our country always being run down. It’s a sad state of affairs for a beautiful country with people with pride, love, and dignity. Thank you for the updates. God bless.

  2. Although I’m only as far away as Granada, it was difficult finding out what was really happening on Ometepe. A German tour group in my hotel were to go to Omepete as the next stop on their ill timed tour of Nicaragua. Obviously I hadn’t read this post until they’d already left, but it’s good to know all was well when they got there.

    Right after they left the hotel filled with Peace Corp Volunteers. Granada was the assembly point for their evacuation… buses took them to Costa Rica. Most were sad to leave because the work they had been doing was left unfinished, and they were leaving Nica friends they’d made behind. None seemed particularly concerned about their safety where they’d been, nor in Granada. They spent their time in the pool or on the Calzada, the same as any tourist in town would do.

    Hopefully the calm we’re enjoying now is permanent and Nicaragua and its people can heal. I need a bit of healing too. As with yourself Debbie, Nicaragua is my adopted country and when it suffers, I suffer.

    • Len, so true! When Nicaragua suffers, we suffer, too. I have a daily range of ups and downs emotionally. I worry about the affects this will, and presently has on tourism. Most of my Nicaraguan friends on the island are in the tourism business, from night guards at hotels, chefs, motorcycle rentals, and owners of hotels, hostels, and restaurants.
      I continue to send positive thoughts, but I also worry daily. Thanks for your thoughtful comments. Hugs!

  3. Your posts to friends and family greatly helped me understand more of what’s happened/happening in Nicaragua and gave the country’s political situation an almost “you are there” feeling. I especially loved how you described your friends and neighbor’s resilience, hope and faith in Nicaragua. Our thoughts are with you all at this stressful time and we’ll continue to hope for a peaceful outcome as well as a positive response to the very real grievances of the people of Nicaragua. Anita

    • That “you are there” feeling is my emotional release. I try not to be an alarmist, but then I read the news every morning and I go into panic mode. I am going to stop reading the news and take morning walks with our dog! Lol
      So far, everything remains calm here. Everyone is sad. I see it in their eyes, and their daily demeanors. Thanks for your lovely comments, Anita.
      By the way, I haven’t received a blog post from you in a long, long tíme. My WordPress has been acting strange lately. I hope it isn’t a problem on my end.

  4. Thank you so much for your blog.There is almost Zero news about the situation in Nica here in Europe. The media reported on the demonstrations and violence at the start of course, but now nothing. You may be a Gringa but you live there, so you are by definition involved in politics! I get what you’re saying though. Expats of Nica say on Fb that people are being deported for openly opposing Ortegas mafia! Seems to me this is another “Animal farm” situation. Somoza was a classic Latin american dictator. Ousted by the people demanding justice and human rights , only to be sold out by their leaders. People living in desperate poverty see the mansions of the elite they see the corruption. it looks like they are not going to take it any more. My best wishes to you and yours in these turbulent times. Stay safe, stay loving. Sam.

    • Sam, many people say that Somoza and Ortega are the same. This unexpected eruption of violence and repression took us all by surprise! I believe the Nicaraguan people are WOKE!
      We are not sure what the future brings, but I try to remain positive and silently supportive of the Nicaraguan people.
      Thanks for your thoughts, Sam. Hugs!

  5. I am in a cyber and have tears in my eyes; ten minutes ago I was ‘cutting up’ with a toddler who was looking at me, and now I’m incredibly moved by your update and the images…. i hope that conditions improve and that this states to the world that human life matters, and all people deserve a voice. Thank you, Debbie…

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