Vargas Llosa denounces the “scandalous outrage” against Sergio Ramírez

September 14, 2021 by archyde

Vargas Llosa denounces the “scandalous outrage” against Sergio Ramírez

Photo: EFE / Guillermo Azaba

The Nobel Prize in Literature Mario Vargas Llosa denounced this Monday the “absolutely scandalous outrage” suffered by the Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramirez and said he has narrowly escaped being in jail along with other opponents of the “sinister couple,” referring to Daniel Ortega and his wife.

This was highlighted by Vargas Llosa before starting the first match of Central America Counts, the Ibero-American literature festival chaired by Sergio Ramírez and which takes place this year in Madrid with the help of AECID and Casa América, for which he asked for a tribute and “a loud applause” for him.

Ramírez, 2017 Cervantes Prize winner, vice president during the first Sandinista government (1979-1990) and now very critical of President Daniel Ortega, was accused by the Nicaraguan Prosecutor’s Office of “carrying out acts that promote and incite hatred and violence.”

The Nobel Prize in Literature noted that Ramírez is “a magnificent writer who has participated in the political life of his country in the moderate way associated with his way of being and writing.”

“And Commander Ortega and his wife have just banned his latest book and he has been saved from being in jail with other opponents of this sinister couple,” he stressed.

Ramírez, who thanked the applause and recalled how his novel has been banned in his country, said: “Those are not easy days my wife and I have spent to avoid going to jail.”

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