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Nicaraguan sews her lips to demand freedom for political prisoners

The mother of political prisoner Francisco Narváez Chavarría demands freedom of the press in Nicaragua

Madre nicaragüense se cose los labios como símbolo de protesta
Madre nicaragüense se cose los labios como símbolo de protesta | Captura de pantalla: 100% Noticias

January 31, 2022 5:21pm

Updated: January 31, 2022 7:13pm

Dora Yaneth Chavarría Sevilla, the mother of political prisoner Francisco Narváez Chavarría, decided to sew her lips together as a symbol of protest to demand the release of political prisoners who oppose the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo.

"I have decided to sew my lips shut in protest for the release of political prisoners, for peace for journalists, and human rights," said Chavarría Sevilla in a video obtained by the Nicaraguan channel 100% Noticias.

Former political prisoner Francisco Narváez was detained on June 10, 2018, and was taken to the Jorge Navarro Penitentiary System in Tipitapa. He was released on December 30, 2019.

Narváez decided to leave Nicaragua with his wife, son, and two brothers, who were also persecuted by the regime. He arrived in Costa Rica without a place to sleep. Several sympathetic people helped him settle in a shelter with his family.

"Long live free Nicaragua," said Narvaez's mother at the end of the video. Chavarría Sevilla claimed she would not leave her country until she saw it free from the oppressive regime, which has sent thousands of Nicaraguans who demanded a change of government to look for exile.

The Ortega-Murillo regime keeps political prisoners incarcerated in inhumane conditions, conducting brutal interrogations. Isolation, torture, and poor nutrition have caused the health of many political prisoners to deteriorate.