Nicaragua: Francisca Ramírez, leader of the anti-canal movement, describes abuses & attack against peasants defending their land

Author: José Adán Silva, IPS, Published on: 28 February 2017

“The peasant farmer who stood up to the President of Nicaragua”, 24 Feb 17

…Francisca Ramírez, the head of the peasant movement that is leading the fight against the construction of an inter-oceanic canal in Nicaragua, which has made her a victim of harassment by the administration of Daniel Ortega…Ramírez was happy with her life until 2013…Then, gradually, the news started to change her perception of the project to build the Great Nicaraguan Canal linking the Atlantic and the Pacific, granted in concession to the Chinese group HKND in 2013, and she started to ask questions that nobody answered…So the resistance began…More than 200 peasant farmers have been arrested, about 100 have been beaten or wounded by gunfire, and the government has basically imposed a military state of siege in the area, where it refuses to finance social projects, according to the movement…“Francisca Ramirez is a victim of abuses by the police in the country aiming at risking human rights defenders’ security and livelihood,” the European Parliament denounced…

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