Violence in Nicaragua: US-Orchestrated Coup Attempt?
by Stephen Lendman
The pattern is familiar. Ongoing violence in Nicaragua has the earmarks of another US-staged color revolution attempt.
Dirty US imperial hands operate everywhere, sovereign independent states their prime targets, wanting governments not subservient to US interests forcefully toppled, pro-Western puppet regimes replacing them.
What’s happening in Nicaragua is similar to the earlier US-sponsored Contra war.
This time it’s in new form, a so-called student-led anti-government movement, its rank-and-file elements unwittingly serving US imperial interests, led by likely CIA-recruited and manipulated hardliners.
Washington wants fascist tyranny replacing all sovereign independent governments. US dirty hands installed new millennium hemispheric pro-Western puppet rule in Haiti, Honduras, Paraguay, and Brazil.
Ongoing regime change efforts in Venezuela so far failed. Nicaragua is now targeted. Are Bolivia and Cuba next?
Ecuador’s Lenin Moreno appears amenable to transforming his nation into a US client state, purging former President Rafael Correa loyalists from his government, heading toward letting Pentagon forces back in country after Correa ordered them out.
Since mid-April, internal dark forces in Nicaragua were responsible for scores of deaths – at least 179, according to the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights.
A Saturday agreement calling for an end to violence and establishment of an international truth and security commission collapsed straightaway.
Hours after President Daniel Ortega and civic leaders agreed to attempt to restore calm, remove roadblocks, and establish the above cited commission, violence resumed, truce shattered, at least eight people reported dead.
National police blamed anti-government protesters for the killings. Talks nonetheless continue. Ortega expressed willingness to “listen to all proposals and initiatives within the constitutional framework.”
On Saturday, a building in Managua set ablaze killed eight people, including two children, according to police.
Firefighters blamed the fire on masked opposition elements. Ortega accused anti-government instigators of trying to undermine democracy in the country.
What’s going on is similar to the Obama regime’s late 2013/early 2014 Maidan coup in Ukraine, replacing democratic governance with Nazi-infested putschists.
Writing about what went on, I called events at the time an Orange Revolution 2.0, the first US-staged one occurring from November 2004 – January 2005.
Each time US color revolutions succeed, tyranny subservient to Washington replaces legitimate governance. Ordinary people lose out. Promises made are broken. Exploitation and repression follow.
Once deceived in Ukraine should have been enough. Memories of most people are short-lived. Awakenings when come are too late to matter.
US-staged Contra war in Nicaragua followed the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) overthrow of the US-supported tyrannical Anastasio Somoza fascist regime – a despot Franklin Roosevelt once called “a son-of-a bitch, but he’s our son-of-a-bitch.”
During the 1980s, Ortega led the FSLN campaign against the Somoza dictatorship – first as a freedom fighter, then as Nicaraguan president from 1985 – 1990.
In 2007, he was reelected president, currently Nicaragua’s leader. Washington wants him replaced with hard-right governance under leadership it controls – the same scheme it pursues against all sovereign independent states.
Orchestrated mid-April violent protests were staged against social security changes, increasing worker and employer payments, cutting future pensions – later rescinded by Ortega to restore order.
Violence continues anyway. Numbers killed and injured keep rising. Ortega’s governance is threatened – targeted by US imperial viciousness for regime change.
My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”