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Understanding the roots of Nicaragua's April 19 movement.


It's hard to predict where things are going to go, because Nicaragua has proven throughout its history to be deeply unpredictable - but I do think this is the beginning of something must larger. This has unleashed a crisis in legitimacy that I don't think the Ortega administration will ever recover from. I'm curious to see how things unfold, but is a deeper popular uprising possible? I would say absolutely. But that depends on what Rosario and Daniel decide to do.

African American studies scholar Courtney Desiree Morris traces the rise of Nicaragua's 19th of April movement - as an uprising against the country's slow drift towards neoliberal privatization and authoritarian rule under president Daniel Ortega, and a grassroots mobilization of popular political will.

Courtney wrote the article Unexpected Uprising: The Crisis of Democracy in Nicaragua for NACLA.

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Courtney Desiree Morris

Courtney Desiree Morris is an artist and an assistant professor of African American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Pennsylvania State University.


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