Amerindian, Nicaragua [1]

 

  1. Seeing reality with a critical and hopeful look

 

On April 18 there was an unprecedented fact in the history of our country. The awakening of the conscience of the people subject to the becoming of each day takes a course of dignity and respect for their aspirations as citizens. Especially this awakening occurs in the young university students of Managua, León, Masaya and other cities that, wounded in their humanity, go out to Solidarity street with the elders attacked who protested claiming to Social security their rights to the Fair pensions and no deductions. They are young students who have been demanding the state's greatest belligerents in defending natural resources and have already been repressed.

These gestures of social demand, profoundly human, arouse a repressed critical conscience that manifests itself in a set of facts against these violation actions of the human rights and the dignity of the person. Little by little the majority consciousness of the people is awakening. Rich and poor, businessmen and workers, affluent people and simple people, adults and youth, grandparents and grandmothers together with their grandchildren and granddaughters, Catholics and evangelicals, believers and non-believers, Sandinistas and non-Sandinistas, are manifested in the streets to claim Respect for life, human dignity and fundamental rights, such as justice and peace, freedom of expression, respect for nature and a political system of broad participatory democracy.

These rights were claimed by protesters with hundreds of expressions that showed the self-creation and multiple expressions of the rich popular culture rooted in the Nicaraguan tradition. Demonstrations were held throughout the country, as expressions of relief from a society deeply repressed and manipulated in its popular conscience and religious sentiments, which sprang up with great spontaneity in hundreds of people demanding greater Freedom, justice and respect for the fundamental values of human beings, society as such and the environment.

The government's response was not made to wait. Repressive acts were organized under the slogan "Let's Go with everything", thus manifesting the inhumanity of the repressive forces. Sandinista youth groups coordinate the anti-social neighborhoods, and snipers articulated with the national police, faced the protesters masacrándolos and creating an atmosphere of terror. Today we live in a state of siege with the para-police, an unconstitutional group armed to control, seize and suppress the people who manifest signs contrary to government policy.

The movement of the self-convened with the proposal of a national dialogue arises, being welcomed by the Government that makes the invitation to the Episcopal conference as mediator and witness of the dialogue. Commissions are formed and the first meeting of the Civic Alliance Commission for Dialogue with the Government is convened one month after the beginning of the conflict. 

The first meeting organized with much solemnity and transmitted by the media, was a catharsis of the people where the Commission, especially the delegation of the young people with great courage, asked the government to cease repression against the people and their Resignation. Nothing was achieved, rather they multiplied the repressive acts against the citizenry and created the para-police groups to dismantle with much viciously and violence the dams installed by peasants and settlers of all the cities of the country, and also the taking of Some college campuses. Coup protesters, terrorists, vandalism… are accused of creating a state of siege with hundreds of deaths, missing persons, wounded, thousands of exiles, hundreds of unjustly indicted prisoners and convicted in high-security prisons, Where the lack of respect for their rights and dignity is the tonic that characterizes this situation.

This complex reality has led to a serious economic crisis coupled with international isolation. The government is locked in an outdated view of the self-determination of peoples and national sovereignty, as well as a highly distorted view of the revolutionary project. It discards international institutions that ensure human rights, justice, peace, the rule of law and the participation of citizens in a fully democratic society. We have fallen into an economic crisis that will not be resolved without new political initiatives to respond to the country's malaise. Only a courageous and determined attitude of the government to sit in a sincere, open and integral dialogue, as the people ask, will allow us to open a hopeful horizon to the future of Nicaragua. To this day, the only governmental response remains the selective and growing repression that has focused, with the luxury of viciously, against movements, social organizations, human rights institutions and the media do not Official. The deeply wounded and humiliated people have to regain confidence and create a healing process of the wounds caused by the great crisis.

 

 

  1. A hopeful look from the Christian faith and human feelings that spring from the depths of the heart

 

We are living among shadows and hopes, but with the assurance that God manifests itself in human beings. His life and his actions reveal the creative and transcendent force of that God of life and history that accompanies our walk. The love of life, the defense of the truth, the respect for the other, its fundamental rights, its dignity, the desire for freedom and justice, are principles originating in human dignity that speak to us of the god of Love, of peace, of life, revealed in the word made flesh. As well as the mystery of evil that nests in our minds and in our hearts when we let ourselves be dominated by these evil forces, creating in our world and in our society the unspeakable pain and suffering. This dynamic of contrast is the first thing that we must assume in our society and illuminate in the light of the revealed word.

These deep feelings that have been manifested in these months of death and repression, fill us with hope to build a society inspired by the great humanist values open to the spiritual tradition of Jesus, that enlighten us the way to the Building a society respectful of the great values of the Christian tradition, and inspire us a practice of justice that brings peace from the construction of a new social contract that radically guarantees the rights of women and men Relegated to History: Jesus ' favourites (cf. Mt 5, 1-11).

More than ever we need to rescue the most basic values of the human being and of the community: to defend life, not to kill; Telling the truth, not lying; Respecting the rights of others, not stealing; Promoting healthy relationships between men and women, not abusing others; Distribute with equity the fruit of human labor, social justice; Respect the goods of creation, ecological justice.

These principles of human life manifested in the history of salvation, have their fullness in the life of Jesus and his message proclaimed in the Sermon on the Mount where he puts as the center of his spirituality the Beatitudes, seed of a new world, alternative to the Powers of this world, in which the love of the dispossessed and the poor and the commitment for justice will make us Christians and Christian the signs of that new world with which we all dream.

Faith in a defending God of the person's life and dignity must orient our commitment to the common good. If these deep human values are not lived, using God to legitimize projects that go against dignity and justice is to blaspheme.

 

 

  1. We pledge to renew our hope in another possible NICARAGUA

 

To create that new world with which we all dream, we must start from the objective and truthful analysis of reality, the events that occurred, analyze its causes and determine the responsibility of the actors. It's an evangelical principle preached by Jesus. The truth will make us free (Jn 8, 32). There can be no conversion process if we do not assume an objective reality of the facts and the responsibility of their actors to do justice.

Believing in Yahweh is practicing justice. The value of this biblical expression manifests itself in the authenticity of the two sides of the same coin. A remedial justice with the dead and their families. It is forbidden to forget these dead, was the slogan at the funeral of Alvarito Conrad, the 15 year old teenager killed by a sniper when he carried water to the students of the protest.

We demand freedom for political prisoners, criminalized and prosecuted without cause, and subjected to torture, disrespect their fundamental rights as human beings.

We ask for a dialogue articulating the concerns of the people expressed in these multiple and massive manifestations, demanding respect for the universal values violated in our country.

Urge an accompaniment to the people to work the duels, to liberate the pain and to open to a process of reconciliation. A reconciliation that will only be possible from the truth, the recognition of every responsibility, the justice, the reparation and the guarantee of no repetition of the damage caused, all of which requires the formation of a commission of the objective, impartial and Professional.

We pledge to uphold the great values that inspire this civic and solidarity revolution, and the mysticism of active non-violence.

This institutional crisis demands of all of us and us to reflect on a new social pact that is the paradigm that inspires and regulates our coexistence from the rich experience of the most recent, novel, motivating hope and solidarity history. Among the peoples.

Confident in Jesus ' proposal, we are encouraged to live the hope "of a new heaven and a new land where justice dwells", surpassing destabilizing ideologies of the great human values that illuminate our minds, inspire in our hearts the Love Compassionate and strengthen the orientation of our consciousness in a coherent, responsible practice… This hope is strengthened in the fraternity, the welcome, the solidarity sharing and in so many other deeply human values with which the people express themselves every day, manifesting in them a faith and a great commitment with the project of Jesus: "Another World is possible" , another way of relating-political, economic, legal, social, religious, affective and ecologically-human beings, another hopeful horizon.

 

Justice as the source of a stable and permanent peace. "The work of justice will be peace and the service of Justice Tranquility and Trust Forever" (Is 32, 17).

[1] Amerindian is an ecumenical organization of theologians, theologians, pastoral agents, social analysts. He was born in Puebla, Mexico (1979), to accompany the reflection of the participants in the Third Conference of the Latin American episcopate (CELAM). It has continued until today, organized in our Latin American peoples with the aim of coordinating, accompanying the experiences of the church from the theological reflection of our peoples.

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