Concentrated in a Nicaraguan prison are six doctorates, 17 masters, 26 bachelor’s degrees and five unfinished university studies. Titles correspond to 40 opposition leaders, businessmen, journalists, ex-guerrillas and university students that the Daniel Ortega regime has imprisoned as of May 28 of this year with the intention of eliminating the opposition in the country. The group includes seven people who expressed their interest in competing against Ortega in the elections scheduled for November 7.
Thirty-six of these political prisoners are held in the El Nuevo Chipote police jail, a 3,520-square-meter building erected in the southern part of Managua, and four remain under house arrest. Most of these political prisoners were detained on charges of “treason,” “money laundering,” and “spreading false news.”
Another 120 political prisoners remain in the prisons of the Nicaraguan penitentiary system, and 22 more in police stations. The latter are those captured between the night of November 6 to 7, on the eve of the voting.
“Did you notice the level of human resources that today occupies the prisons in Nicaragua?Nicaraguan Israel Lewites asked on Twitter. “Professors, businessmen, professionals graduated from Harvard, Georgetown, John Hopkins in the poorest country on the continent we have the prisoners with the highest academic level in the world,” he adds.
“It is incredible how in Nicaragua we have extraordinary human resources that are in exile or in prison.”, Says Lewites, engineer and citizen activist in exile, for whom this situation“gives an idea of the brutality of this regime and how it is not at all interested in the development of the country“What he is interested in is that a guy who does not have the best academic credentials be imposed by force with a team in whose curriculum the best thing is his servility and not his ability to solve technical problems.”
One of the detainees is Juan Sebastian Chamorro, 50 years old, presidential candidate of the opposition Civic Alliance. He was Vice Minister of Finance during the government of Enrique Bolaños. Economist. In this matter holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, an MA from Georgetown University, and a BA from the University of San Francisco, California, United States.
Jose Pallais, 65, is another political prisoner. He was a deputy and vice chancellor of the Republic. He did doctoral studies in Law at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, and a bachelor’s degree at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN).
Arturo Cruz Sequeira, 68 years old, also aspired to be the opposition candidate to face Ortega, when he was arrested on Saturday, June 5. He was Nicaraguan ambassador to the United States between 2007 and 2009, in the Ortega government, he has been a professor and published several books. He has a Ph.D. in History from the University of Oxford in England. He has a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Political Science from the American University.
Felix Maradiaga, 45 years old, presidential candidate of the opposition Blue and White National Unit (UNAB), academic, was secretary general of the Ministry of Defense during the presidency of Enrique Bolaños. As a child, he traveled to the United States as undocumented. He studied Political Science at the Keizer University, Carazo, Nicaragua, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, where he graduated with honors. He also studied Law and Political Science at Yale University, as a member of the Yale World Fellows.
Luis Rivas Anduray52 years old, he was the general manager of Banpro Grupo Promerica, one of the largest financial groups in Nicaragua. He has a doctorate in Economics from Cornell University in the United States. He has been a visiting professor at Cornell and Vanderbilt Universities.
Francisco Aguirre Sacasa, 77 years old. Arrested on July 28 last. He was a deputy and Chancellor of the Republic. He studied at the universities of Georgetown and Harvard, in the United States, where he graduated in Economics, History and Political Science and obtained a doctorate in Law. He is the author of the bilingual book “Historical Atlas of Nicaragua”.
Ana Margarita Vijil, he did a master’s degree in Political Science in the United States thanks to a Fullbright scholarship. He has worked as a teacher and participated in the Nicaraguan team during the border conflict with Colombia in The Hague.
Granera Violet, 70 years old, is a sociologist from the University of Nice, France and speaks Spanish, French and English.
Suyén BarahonaShe is the current president of Unamos, the party that until last January was called the Sandinista Renovation Movement (MRS), founded in 1995 by dissidents from the Sandinista Front. He is 44 years old, has a BA in International Relations and a MA in Environmental Policy.
Tamara davila, 40 years old, is a psychologist with work experience in the social area. She has a master’s degree in Gender, Identity and Citizenship from the University of Huelva, Spain, and another in Social Policies, Rights and Protagonism of girls, boys and adolescents from the Central American University.
Noel Vidaurre, conservative politician, lawyer, He studied at the Catholic universities of Santiago, Chile and Colorado, United States. He has a master’s degree with a specialty in Banking and Finance.
Victor Hugo TinocoA 68-year-old sociologist, he was Vice Chancellor of the Republic during the Sandinista government of the 1980s. He was captured on the night of June 13.
Jose Antonio Peraza, specialist in political and electoral systems and master’s degree in development project management.
The list also includes historians, journalists, accountants, business administrators, lawyers and a retired Army general, among others.
For Israel Lewites, when analyzing political prisoners from their academic credentials, one can see the contempt that the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo have for education. “What makes countries rich is their human resources. You can be on top of an oil well and be a poor country, or be in a desert and be a rich country because what makes you really rich is your human resource, the education of your people ”, he concludes.