October 4, 2002
We, the concerned Nicaraguan
Caribbean coast citizens residing in the USA and particularly those residing in
Washington, DC metropolitan area, have come together in a show of solidarity, by
means of a peaceful protest, to expose the blatant injustices perpetrated
against our compatriots in the South Autonomous Atlantic Region and the outright
disregard for the laws established in the Nicaraguan constitution.
- Since May 4, 2002, the South Autonomous Atlantic
Region has been without a legitimate government, which may be the concealed
intention of the Nicaraguan government to strip the Caribbean coast
inhabitants of the right to self-government guaranteed by the Nicaraguan
- The inability of the Supreme Electoral Council,
Supreme Court of Justice, and Central Government to resolve the pressing
issues that has been detrimental to the southern region.
- The monies allocated for the regional budget for
year 2002 have not been disbursed, which in turn is causing more strife and
impoverishment to an already social, economic, and historically deprived
- The absence of regulation and compliance of Law 28
is the root cause of an ineffective regional government.
- Discrimination and racism have been the vehicle by
which we have arrived at this junction in our wretched history.
We are resolved to join forces
in the struggle for the assurance of our rights. And as Nicaraguan Caribbean
coast citizens, we will lift our voices to be heard by those conscious to the
cries of a subjugate people.
Isn’t Nicaragua a democratic
country? We are entitled to representation ... NOW!
As such, we demand:
- The legitimizing and institutionalization of the
South Atlantic Autonomous Region government, Now!
- The total disbursement of the monies for year 2002
regional budget to mitigate the suffering and poverty of the Caribbean coast
- The enforcement of equal rights and justice,
overdue for over one hundred years.
- An end to the impasse by the Supreme Electoral
Council, Supreme Court of Justice, and Central Government.
- An immediate resolution to the stalemate and
respect for the constitutional Autonomous process.
President Enrique Bolaños
at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on April 5, 2002 stated, “Yes,
I support the law of Autonomy on the Caribbean coast.”
We expect compliance.