A talk by Professor Enrique Ochoa
Latin American Studies and History at California State University Los Angeles
During the last several months, Nicaragua has been ravaged by political mobilizations and state repression. At least 300 people have been killed and thousands injured, and scores jailed by the government of Daniel Ortega. What started as protests to stop cuts to Nicaragua’s social security system and environmental destruction caused by government projects has mushroomed into a broad popular movement that is challenging the authoritarianism of the Ortega government. This talk examines the current political crisis in Nicaragua within the context of the legacy of authoritarianism, U.S. policy, dictatorship, and revolution in Nicaragua.