Seven former presidents of Costa Rica They requested this Thursday the Congress of their country to grant honorary citizenship to the Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramirez, who lives in exile, and who they consider a victim of persecution by the “dictatorship” of President Daniel Ortega and his wife and vice president, Rosario Murillo.
The letter, signed by the former Costa Rican presidents Óscar Arias, Rafael Ángel Calderón, Laura Chinchilla, José María Figueres, Abel Pacheco, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez and Luis Guillermo Solís, asks Congress “to honor the fight for freedom and declare Sergio Ramírez as an honorary citizen of Costa Rica and as the holder of Costa Rican nationality.”
“Recently that dictatorship was launched against one of the most recognized Latin American writersSergio Ramírez, who today is the victim of threats, accusations accompanied by arrest warrants and persecution, which will make it impossible for him to return to his homeland, ”the letter states.
The former presidents add that “when the relentless pursuit of the dictatorship that submits Nicaragua tries again to silence the committed and liberating verb of Sergio Ramírez Mercado, We believe that he deserves recognition for his fight for freedom, which is part of the spirit that has guided the Costa Rican people ”.
The letter highlights that the life of Sergio Ramírez has been characterized by his constant struggle for the defense and promotion of the freedoms of expression, cultural, civil and political, as well as the exercise of human rights.
The former presidents also denounced that in recent years “Nicaraguan students, peasants, youth, women, intellectual politicians and workers have been suffering persecution and repression by the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and his wife, Rosario Murillo, for the simple fact of exercising the freedoms to think, express oneself and disagree ”.
Ramírez, exiled in Costa Rica, was shown this Thursday moved and grateful with an initiative of seven former Costa Rican presidents who proposed to Congress to grant him honorary citizenship and nationality.
The initiative “honors and moves me; as well as my deep gratitude for the support that the President of the Legislative Power has given to the request ”, expressed Ramírez in his social networks, who also gave “A thousand thanks to the former presidents for honoring me in this way.”
“I have returned to live in Costa Rica with my wife Tulita, forced into exile, after more than half a century ago we came to this country just recently married, and our three children were born here, Sergio, María and Dorel; Here we find close friends, and I had the joy of participating in those years of Costa Rican cultural life, of which I have always felt a part, as well as of the civic life of the country and its people ”, expressed Ramírez.
The Nicaraguan writer assured that Costa Ricans are people “Welcoming not only to me and my family, but to the thousands of Nicaraguans who, forced by the dictatorships we have endured, have always found shelter and solidarity in this land of freedom and democracy.”
“One day, which will arrive sooner rather than later, we will breathe those same airs in Nicaragua, because a people of dignity, sacrifice and courage cannot always be condemned to live under the yoke of tyranny, and Nicaraguans will have the right to freely elect their rulers, just like Costa Ricans ”, concluded.
Ramírez, who was vice president precisely when Ortega led Nicaragua for the first time, between 1979 and 1990, has an arrest warrant in his country for “carrying out acts that encourage and incite the hate and the violence”, But he maintains his innocence and attributes the accusation against him to retaliation by the Sandinista leader for raising his voice in rejection of his Administration.
The order and legal accusation against the Nicaraguan writer occurs in the middle of a wave of arrests that has landed 36 opposition leaders and independent professionals, in the context of the general elections on November 7.
In these elections, Ortega seeks his third consecutive reelection, for a fourth term of five years and a second with his wife as vice president.
(With information from EFE)