Today’s march on Managua in commemoration of International Women’s Day brought together more than 1,000 women under the banner “Women continue to protest for our bodies and for the country we want.”
As the march approached the Rotonda Rubén Darío, dozens of police officers stopped the march, first with a line of regular uniform officers and then with a line of a hundred heavily armed riot police.
Young people dressed in t-shirts of the Sandinista Youth had taken over the traffic roundabout from the early hours of the morning, as a preventive measure to impede the women’s march that was scheduled to end on a stage, which was damaged. Though we were prevented from ending the activity as planned, the women read their manifesto in front of the police line.
The protesters called on the female police officers to not allow themselves to be used to repress other women, and not impede the constitutional rights to free expression and protest.
Today’s women’s march had all the proper permits, but we were still blocked — clear evidence that repression is the government’s only answer to citizen demands.