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Author Gioconda Bailey accepts Chilean citizenship

Writer Gioconda Bailey in Managua, Nicaragua.Inti Okon (AFP)

Gioconda Bailey (Managua, 74) accepted Chilean citizenship on Thursday after Daniel Ortega’s regime in Nicaragua stripped her of her citizenship along with 93 other people in mid-February. They are accused in their homeland of “treason” and considered “fugitives from justice”. Gabriel Burek’s government advisory office offered those affected to reside in the country and obtain Chilean citizenship. The writer and poet, who has been living in exile in Spain since 2020, reported this morning Radio Co: “I will take Chilean citizenship. If there is another country that I feel close to with all my heart, it is Chile.”

Chile’s Foreign Minister, Antonia Origola, welcomed Bailey’s decision, explaining that despite the distressing circumstances, “it is a great honor for this wonderful Nicaraguan poet, writer, and feminist to accept being Chilean.” Urrejola uploaded a photo to Twitter where she is seen talking on the phone with her “dear friend” who she said she respects “deeply”.

author haunted womanAnd woman’s country also from Eve’s rib he said to Radio Co He wrote a poem some time ago in which he mentioned that solidarity is the delicacy of peoples. “Today I can say that Chilean solidarity has embraced us Nicaraguans,” Billy said in an audio message, in which he made it clear that he would continue to fight for democracy, freedom and the restoration of a free state. “We do not realize that they can take away the land in which we were born, and we have the right to be Nicaraguans,” he said.

In mid-February and in less than a week, Ortega and Rosa Murillo’s regime exiled 222 political prisoners to the United States, declared them “stateless,” and stripped another 94 dissidents of their Nicaraguan citizenship, including prominent writers, politicians, intellectuals, activists or religious activists.

Chile has expressed its deep disapproval of the latest maneuvers of the Sandinista regime. The Chilean 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 Bailey posted on Twitter accusing Ortega: “The dictator does not know that the homeland is in his heart and in his actions, nor is it forbidden by decree.” The President ended the message intended for those stripped of their citizenship by stressing that they are not alone.

Spain and Argentina also offered citizenship to more than 300 persecuted by Ortega. The Colombian government of Gustavo Petro offered the writer citizenship to Sergio Ramirez, who accepted it with affection and gratitude, according to Foreign Minister Álvaro Leiva.

Since 2018, when mass protests broke out against Ortega’s government, the regime has clung to repression to disperse demonstrations, killing more than 360 protesters, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Then he unleashed fierce political repression to stay in power. Tens of thousands of Nicaraguans left the country due to political persecution and a deteriorating economy.

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