Editor’s note: the following is joint declaration published today in national newspapers by 21 Nicaraguan organizations in protest of the Nicaraguan Canal. The undersigned organizations are listed at the end of the manifesto. The parenthetical sections in blue were added by The Nicaragua Dispatch to offer historical context and clarity for our readers.
Nicaragua is not for sale!
In detriment to the strategic interests of the nation and its citizenry, the Ortega regime plans to realize the most heinous handover of our national territory to satisfy its voracious appetite.
The dream of using our geographic privilege to build an inter-oceanic canal is being utilized by the dictator Ortega as a means to eternalize and consolidate his economic power and that of his descendents with the biggest fraud and robbery of national property that this country has ever seen.
Ortega is not only exceeding all the other atrocities that he has committed before, but also one-upping the combined sum of all the worst acts ever committed against our national interests.
The Chamorro-Bryan Treaty [signed in 1914 by Nicaraguan President Adolfo Diaz, granting the United States exclusive rights to build an inter-oceanic canal across Nicaragua] was not signed to build a canal here; on the contrary, it was to prevent a canal being built in Nicaraguan territory. This new project, sent to the National Assembly by our “Adolfo Díaz of the 21st century,” is also not intended to build a canal, rather to create an enclave within the Nicaraguan state that is property of the dictator, using a third-party dummy, an unknown individual [Chinese businessman Wang Jing], and a shell corporation [HKND-Group] registered in the Cayman Islands with no capacity or money to launch a project of this magnitude, and with no official ties to the Chinese government.
Nicaragua is not for sale. Nicaragua belongs to all Nicaraguans, and is not the private property of Ortega and his family.
The immoral ambition of the dictator is infinite, as is his contempt for the Nicaraguan people.
Concessions, privileges, exonerations, and exemptions that shame the country, our country, are what the dictator has to offer.
The fraudulent lawmakers of Orteguismo have received the order to approve this law, which doesn’t indicate the route of the canal or include any technical information, but does establish the limitless handover of our natural resources for the exclusive use of the investors and its associates for 50 years, with an option to extend the terms for 50 years more.
No state institution could alter the exclusivity that Orteguismo has given itself. The projects included in this infamous treaty can only be carried out by the [HKND-Group] company that is given this concession, or by other companies to whom it sells those rights. It will the company and its investors who decide which properties need to be confiscated, through a special and expedited process and at the cost of the properties’ cadastral value, with impunity before the law.
In conclusion, we are giving the gift of our two most important strategic resources: our geographic position as an isthmus located between two oceans, and the potable water from our lake and rivers. This is an enclave within our national territory, inside which future Nicaraguan authorities will have no power or jurisdiction.
Sandino, in his Manifesto of San Albino, affirmed that [former Conservative President] Díaz and Chamorro [former Nicaraguan Gen. Emiliano Chamorro, for whom the Chamorro-Bryan Treaty was named] had ceased to be Nicaraguans. Today, we affirm that Daniel Ortega and all his underlings have ceased to be Nicaraguans and are nothing more than vulgar traitors and sellouts. We, the undersigned, do not recognize the legitimacy of any agreement signed by this government.
Nicaraguans, in this hour of disgrace that Orteguismo has brought upon our country, we need to unite in a common front for our dignity.
We need to rescue the national flag from the mud in which Ortega wants to bury it, and together realize a Mobilization for the Defense of National Sovereignty.
Bancada Democrática Nicaragüense
Confederación de Maestros de la Educación
Comisión Permanente de Derechos Humanos
Corriente Liberal con Visión de Nación
Grupo Patriótico de militares retirados
Grupo de Reflexión y Participación Ciudadana
Juventud Democrática Nicaragüense
Movimiento Nicaragua 2.0
Movimiento las 3 Revoluciones
Movimiento por Nicaragua
Movimiento Patriótico por la República
Movimiento Autónomo de Mujeres
Movimiento Liberal Constitucionalista “Ramiro Sacasa”
Movimiento por el Rescate del Sandinismo
Movimiento Renovador Sandinista
Partido Acción Ciudadana
Partido Liberal Independiente
Unión Ciudadana por la democracia