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Building a new Nicaragua: political proposals for democratisation and structural transformation (Irving Larious)

Event Name Building a new Nicaragua: political proposals for democratisation and structural transformation (Irving Larious)
Start Date 15th Oct 2018 5:00pm
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Hosted by the Human Geography Research Group with SOS Nicaragua and Scottish Solidarity with Nicaragua

 

Since April 2018, Nicaragua has been subject to extreme levels of state-led political violence and repression. Hundreds of people, many of them children and young people, have been killed and imprisoned by police and masked paramilitary forces. This presentation will outline the antecedents to the current crisis and will introduce a set of political proposals developed by Nicaraguan civil society activists who have formed an organization called Construimos Nicaragua to put an end to repression and build a new country from the bottom-up. 

 

Irving Larios is a Nicaraguan social activist and civil society leader. He played a decisive role in the revolutionary struggle against the Somoza dictatorship in the 1970s, especially as a member of the Revolutionary Student Front (FER). During the Sandinista period in the 1980s, he held positions in the Department of International Relations. Since the 1990s, he has been a harsh critic of the FSLN leadership and their betrayal of the revolutionary principles for which he and many others fought. His advocacy work in the NGO sector has sought to promote rural empowerment and to facilitate routes out of poverty. Currently, Irving is part of an inclusive, horizontal and progressive political movement that aims to democratize Nicaragua for the benefit of the majority of citizens. 

 

For further information, please contact Julie Cupples julie.cupples@ed.ac.uk

The talk will be given in Spanish, English translation will be provided.