Washington, Oct.5-Yesterday, the Caribbean coast community of Nicaragua conducted a successful and peaceful protest in front their embassy in Washington D.C. The community came together to protest the neglect of the CSE for not legitimizing the legally elected Regional Government in South Atlantic Region, and the neglect of the Supreme Court for not ruling the elections legal. Twelve concerned citizens showed up to the protest.
They carried banners that read:
AUTONOMY OR INDEPENDENCE, CSE Y CSJ RESPETE NUESTRA DECISION, JURAMENCION
After the protest the Ambassador, the Consul General and the Minister Counselor invited us into the embassy to explained in details our feelings toward the current situation in the South Atlantic Region. We handed a manifesto to the Ambassador and then went around the table as each of us explained our grievances with the Central Government of Nicaragua and most importantly legitimizing our Regional Government. The Ambassador promised that he will deliver the manifesto and our message to the President of the country Mr. Enrique Bolaños.
We were well received at the embassy. The Ambassador, the Consul General and the Minister Counselor were all in agreement with our grievances and understand the problems that we face on a daily basis on the Caribbean coast. And therefore, promised to get our message to the officials in Nicaragua.
We made history yesterday October 4, 2002. All who were there should be proud of what we've accomplished.
1. We opened a way to have dialogue with our officials at the embassy on a continuous basis.
2. We were promised that whenever the President is in Washington, that we would be notify and meet with him.
Thanks to the following concern citizens for showing their solidarity to the brothers and sisters on the Caribbean coast. Twelve braves who made history for bringing our problems to the attention of our leaders. This is the beginning of a long process and we are determine to stay the course. "We shall overcome all obstacles so long as we stay strong and not faint" (Gregory Lewin)
Gregory Lewin - (organizer), Guy Sloan, Steve Hooker, Austin Lewin, Reynold Hawkins, Dennis Campbell, Ariel Hamilton, Guy Sloan Sr., Keli Lovejoy, Catherine Hoyt, Carl Cash Jr., Joshua Lewin
Special thanks to those who responded to our e-mail. Who wanted to be here but but could no make it. We thank you. You were here in spirit.
Miguel Gonzales -Canada
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