The protests are really responding to a culture of political and discursive repression in Nicaraguan society. The debates are economic but they are also linked to a much deeper discontent with the state of democracy.
The protesters’ grievances have been reasonably clear: price hikes, unemployment, and poverty—and in a dictatorship this inevitably evolved towards more political slogans against corruption and against the dictator.
People grabbing history by the scruff of the neck and attempting to exercise their own political agency is incredibly inspiring. How can it not be, when we live in a culture which insists that we do not have the right to control our own lives?
Are the powers that be just going to give up and end the War on Drugs and switch all this money to policies that make sense? Not unless we make them. That’s going to take each and every one of us engaging in daily actions of resistance.