Writer Gioconda Belli adopts Chilean nationality

Writer Gioconda Belli in Managua, Nicaragua.INTI OCON (AFP)

Gioconda Belli (Managua, 74) accepted Chilean citizenship this Thursday after Daniel Ortega’s Nicaraguan regime stripped her along with 93 others in mid-February. In their homeland they are accused of “treason” and considered “fugitives from justice”. The chancellor of the government of Gabriel Boric gave the victims the opportunity to live in the country and obtain Chilean nationality. The writer and poet, who has been in exile in Spain since 2020, made the announcement this morning Radio Cooperative: “I am going to take Chilean nationality. If there’s one country I feel close to with all my heart, it’s Chile.

Chile’s Foreign Minister Antonia Urrejola welcomed Pele’s decision, clarifying that despite the tragic circumstances, “it is an honor to accept this great Nicaraguan poet, writer and feminist as Chilean.” Urrejola uploaded a picture on Twitter in which he can be seen on the phone with his “dear friend”, whom he said he admires “deeply”.

The author A resident woman, A country of women One From Eve’s rib I said Radio Cooperative Some time ago he wrote a poem where he said that unity is the tenderness of people. “Today I can say that the unity of Chile has embraced us Nicaraguans,” Belli said via voice message, making it clear that he will continue to fight for democracy, freedom and the restoration of an independent country. “We don’t recognize that they can take away the land we were born in, our right to be Nicaraguans,” he said.

In mid-February and within a week, the Ortega and Rosa Murillo regime deported 222 political prisoners to the United States, declared them “stateless,” and executed 94 opponents of their Nicaraguan homeland, including prominent writers, politicians, and intellectuals. Activists or religious people.

Chile has deeply rejected the recent maneuvers of the Sandinista regime. Chile’s foreign ministry was the first of the major Latin American countries to condemn the Sandinista attack. Last week, President Gabriel Boric responded to a poem posted by Peli on Twitter against Ortega: “The dictator does not know that the homeland is in his heart and in his actions, and is not lost by decree.” The President concluded his message dedicated to those stripped of their nationality by assuring them that they are not alone.

Spain and Argentina have also granted nationality to more than 300 people persecuted by Ortega. The Colombian government of Gustavo Pedro granted citizenship to writer Sergio Ramírez, who, according to Foreign Minister Alvaro Leyva, accepted with emotion and gratitude.

Since 2018, when massive protests broke out against the Ortega government, the regime has used a crackdown to break up demonstrations, killing more than 360 protesters, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). He then unleashed severe political repression to stay in power. Tens of thousands of Nicaraguans have fled the country due to political persecution and a deteriorating economy.

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