Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Indigenious Leaders Ally With Ortega

Brooklin Rivera, leader of the indigenous Nicaraguan Miskito, has endorsed Daniel Ortega of the socialist Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) for the upcoming Presidential elections. Rivera says that since Ortega first fell from power in 1990, the current government has "kept us bogged down in abject poverty." The Miskito have long been subjected to colonial aggression, whether it was the Spanish empire or the U.S. backed Contra terrorists.

In a new plan signed between Rivera's Yatama tribe and the FSLN, Ortega promises to guarantee indigenous Nicaraguans "land, autonomy, and self development of the Atlantic Coast." Recently, indigenous populations have also been pivotal in the elections of other leftist Latin American leaders. Evo Morales is Bolivia's first indigenous leader, and in Peru, Ollanta Humala is slated to make a similar achievement in the May elections.