Nicaragua kidnaps the new novel of persecuted Sergio Ramírez

The Government of Nicaragua retains in the customs the copies of the next novel by Sergio Ramírez that the Spanish publisher Alphaguara sent last week to the Ce

Nicaragua kidnaps the new novel of persecuted Sergio Ramírez

The Government of Nicaragua retains in the customs the copies of the next novel by Sergio Ramírez that the Spanish publisher Alphaguara sent last week to the Cervantes Prize 2017. The blockade was an omen of harassment against Ramírez, whose house was raid and that He received an arrest warrant last Thursday, when he was in San José de Costa Rica. Yesterday, the author of Margarita, is Linda the sea arrived in Madrid, where he will have to plan an exile season.

Tongolele did not know how to dance, the Book of Ramírez kidnapped in Nicaragua, is a black novel that alludes directly to the political reality of his country. The antihero of him is a dark agent of the Sandinist Revolution that, at this point of the 21st century, has become the mercenary that links the low funds and elites of the dictatorship. The action is developed during the protests against the 2018 dictatorship, crushed by the police and by paramilitary Sandinistas groups and links with no one cries for me (2018), novel with which it shares theme, scenario, tone and some of the characters.

Has the plot of the novel the detonator of the arrest warrant against Sergio Ramírez? Apparently no: the authorities have claimed Alfafguara several reports that summarize the plot to release or maintain the kidnapping of the copies. Meanwhile, the text already circulates in the country via whatsapp.

The writer, who was Chancellor and Vice President of Ortega between 1981 and 1990 and that narrated the memory of those years and his revolutionary disenchantment in goodbye boys, had until now the government's harassment, partly thanks to his international fame. The successive arrest campaigns against the opponents of Daniel Ortega had passed by whistling until now. Although the arrest warrant will not be fulfilled, presumably, the shield that protects the novelist is already felt.

Last Saturday, the Royal Spanish Academy and 13 of the 24 Academies of the Language published a statement against harassment to Ramírez, a member of the Nicaraguan Academy and corresponding member of the RAE: "The words have to be used in freedom for all ; Avoid free manifestation of all kinds of opinions, especially political content, is the most intolerable form of arbitrary exercise of power because it leads to the oppression of citizens for the exclusive benefit of the prevailing, "said the communiqué of the Academies.

Also Ramírez colleagues in literature have been mobilized to ask for their freedom of movement. An open letter that considers that "the charges that have been made against him - and against almost 40 political prisoners - are the palpable demonstration of the repressive drift of the regime, determined to silence his opponents through prison or forcing them to exile." Among the firmmantes, the names of Enrique Krauze, Mario Vargas Llosa, Jorge Volpi and Pilar Reyes appear.

Also, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for Central America and the Dominican Republic asked Nicaragua this Friday to cease the "arbitrary and illegal" arrests of opponents, after 36 people They have been arrested before the November elections in that country. In a communiqué dated in Washington and Panama, international organizations condemned the "criminalization" of opponents and, in particular, the persecution of Sergio Ramírez.

Updated Date: 21 September 2021, 09:49

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