“They kill one of my sons and imprison the other,” a Nicaraguan father’s drama

February 6, 2022

Managua, Feb 6 (EFE).- “My name is Miguel Ángel Parajón Aburto. I am the father of Jimmy José Parajón Gutiérrez and Yader de los Ángeles Parajón Gutiérrez, the first was killed and the second was thrown in jail for demanding justice for the murder of his brother” in Nicaragua. This is how the story begins of a 65-year-old Nicaraguan father, who lost his first-born son in the framework of the street protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega that broke out in April 2018, which left hundreds dead, and has his son in prison. second son, he says, for demanding justice. Yader Parajón, 31, a fourth-year psychology student at the Jesuit Central American University (UCA), became, along with the young Yaser Mahumar Vado, the first Nicaraguan opponents to be found guilty of the crime of conspiracy. The Public Ministry accused him of being a co-author of the crime of conspiracy to undermine national integrity. The crime, according to his father, was to demand, from the first day, justice for the murder of his older brother, Jimmy José, who was 35 years old when he received, on May 11, 2018, a shot in the chest, death by that there is no detainee. “DEMANDING JUSTICE IN NICARAGUA IS A CRIME” “Given this, that they killed my first son, we demanded justice in the media, in the Police (and in the streets), but that was a crime for us: to demand justice” says Don Miguel, a slight electrician with burnt skin who works on his own account and lives in a popular neighborhood in Managua. “As we demand justice, in the marches, which was everyone’s duty (the relatives of those killed), we were already registered (by the National Police) as coup plotters and all those things,” he adds. The popular revolt that broke out in April 2018 due to controversial social security reforms and that later became a demand for the resignation of President Ortega, because he responded with force, is described by the Executive as an attempted coup d’etat. Condition. Yader was arrested last September 5 at a border post with Honduras when he was trying to leave Nicaragua, precisely to avoid being imprisoned in the midst of a wave of arrests unleashed against opposition leaders, including seven presidential hopefuls, accused of treason and money laundering. of money. “Yader was looking for life. He no longer wanted to be here (in Nicaragua) because he had no future” and he was besieged by police and civilians related to the government, says his father. “He was afraid. He didn’t have much security. The (police) units were placed outside the house. They were besieging him,” he says. HE HELD ORTEGA RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF HIS BROTHER According to his father’s account, the police and armed civilians affiliated with the government began to persecute and harass Yader after he held President Ortega and the National Police directly responsible for the death of his brother. Jimmy José, the eldest son, a jeweler and motorcycle mechanic, supported the anti-government demonstrations at the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua (Upoli), east of Managua – whose license was canceled this week by the Sandinista-controlled National Assembly. operation – when he was shot in the left chest. Claiming justice for his brother, says don Miguel, became a conspiracy crime for Yader, who has already served five months in prison. With one son dead and the other imprisoned and sentenced, this man who lost his wife in 2017 to cancer, says he feels alone. His hope is his youngest son, the UCA psychology student who is imprisoned in El Chipote, a prison located in the Judicial Assistance Directorate of the National Police, where he goes every day to leave food and water. “They have unjustly detained me. He (Yader) is innocent of all the charges for which he is accused. He was already a psychology professional. He was already in a position, working, but there they have me truncating his present and their future,” he laments. Don Miguel, who says he erected barricades during the fight against the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza Debayle, maintains that his “kid” is innocent, that he has not killed, has not stolen, and anyone would demand justice for a murdered brother. She appeals to the authorities and the international community for the release of her son, like the rest of the “political prisoners”. “Now I feel what mothers and fathers felt in 1979, with the kidnapping of their children,” during the Somoza dictatorship, he says. “They fought to remove that (dictatorship), but now we return to the same things, that is, the same movie with different actors,” he reasons. This father, whose son was killed and the other imprisoned, also fears being imprisoned for asking for his son’s release and demanding justice. Luis Felipe Palacios