San José, Dec 2 (EFE).- The coronation of the Nicaraguan Sheynnis Palacios, 23, as Miss Universe 2023, the first Central American to win the pageant, has left joy, euphoria and tears, but also exile, arrests, accusations of conspiracy and treason, in addition to a power struggle for the Miss Nicaragua franchise.
When after 29 seconds, which for Nicaraguans seemed eternal, they announced that the new Miss Universe 2023 was the representative of Nicaragua, a country plunged into a crisis and without freedom of movement since 2018, its citizens burst into joy and took to the streets. to celebrate euphorically, on foot or in vehicles, ignoring the police prohibition.
The streets of Managua, and the municipalities of the interior of Nicaragua, were filled with people shouting, dancing and sounding the horns of their cars and motorcycles, and also carrying the blue and white Nicaraguan flag, which in the framework of the Demonstrations that broke out 5 years ago became a symbol of opposition to the Government chaired by Daniel Ortega.
In the midst of the revelry that night, authorities from the Managua Mayor’s Office visited the beauty queen’s family with bouquets of flowers to congratulate her.
One day after the contest, the Government issued an official statement – which was not signed by Ortega or his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo – in which they indicated that they joined “in the just joy of Sheynnis, his family and our people, and to the celebration of Central America” for the triumph of the Nicaraguan as Miss Universe 2023, also highlighting that “Nicaragua is celebrating with its queen!”
However, days later, Vice President Murillo attacked those people who exalt the most beautiful woman on the planet for political purposes, because, in her opinion, “they intend to turn a beautiful and well-deserved moment of pride and celebration into a destructive coup.”
The authorities also prohibited two artists from painting a mural in honor of the newly crowned Miss Universe.
In addition, the director of Miss Nicaragua, Karen Celebertti, was prohibited from entering the country when she was preparing to return with her daughter from Mexico, where she accompanied the brand new Miss Universe on a promotional tour that also took her to Miami (USA). USA).
From Mexico, Palacios traveled to New York (USA), where he will live for a year to attend to his commitments with the international franchise, and Celebertti was going to return to Nicaragua.
The Police, led by an in-law of the presidential couple, reported on Thursday that they handed over the suitcases with Palacios’s personal belongings, although they did not explain why they kept them detained and searched his luggage.
A day later, the Police accused Celebertti, her husband Martín Argüello, and their son, Bernardo Martín Argüello Celebertti, for the crimes of conspiracy and treason.
“The detained and fugitives must serve sentences as specified by Nicaraguan laws,” said the Police, confirming the arrest of the relatives of the director of Miss Nicaragua.
He also called them “traitors and stateless persons” and allegedly accused them of having committed the crimes of conspiracy to disturb the peace, and inciting hatred, violence, terrorism, organized crime, provocation, apology and induction to the commission of crimes through of information and communication technologies, and spread of fake news, as well as treason, and money laundering since 2018.
In the midst of the exile of the director of Miss Nicaragua and the arrest of her husband and son, the local press recalled that a daughter-in-law of Ortega and Murillo, Xiomara Blandino, criticized Celebertti’s management prior to the Miss Universe pageant.
“Tell me, please, how many people from the Miss Nicaragua organization have gone to international training? Silence, right? That’s something that has to change,” Blandino said through the social network Instagram.
Blandino, remarried to Juan Carlos Ortega Murillo, and Miss Nicaragua in 2007, is director of Miss Teen Nicaragua, a contest that Palacios also won in 2016.
The controversy over the new Miss Universe began before the pageant, when presenters from a television channel run by children of Ortega and Murillo mocked the Nicaraguan representative for having sold buñuelos – a dessert made from cassava with curd or cheese and honey – to help pay for their studies.
“Miss Buñuelos,” said one of the presenters, while on social media Sandinista sympathizers called her “Miss Tranquera” for having participated in a march against the Government in 2018.
The young woman, with whom Nicaraguans saw themselves reflected, is a graduate in social communication from the Jesuit Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Managua, which was closed last August by the authorities accused of being a “center of terrorism.” The beauty still does not have a return date to Nicaragua.
San José, Dec 2 (EFE).- The Nicaraguan opposition criticized this Saturday the Government chaired by Daniel Ortega for accusing the director of Miss Nicaragua, Karen Celebertti, her husband and one of her children of conspiracy and treason. two weeks after the Nicaraguan Sheynnis Palacios was chosen as Miss Universe 2023 and the population celebrated massively in the streets.
“The success of our Miss Universe, Sheynnis Palacios, should be a source of national pride and not a pretext for political persecution,” reflected the released and denationalized opposition leader Félix Maradiaga, through a written statement.
Maradiaga, who directs the Freedom Foundation from exile, expressed his solidarity with the director of the Miss Universe franchise in Nicaragua, and with her family, “in the face of the unfounded accusations and relentless persecution they face under the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega. and Rosario Murillo”.
The Nicaraguan Police, headed by Ortega’s in-law, accused Celebertti, her husband Martín Argüello, and their son, Bernardo Martín Argüello Celebertti, of allegedly having committed the crimes of conspiracy to disturb the peace, inciting hatred and violence, terrorism, organized crime, provocation, apology and induction to commit crimes through information and communication technologies, and propagation of fake news, as well as treason, and money laundering since 2018.
For Maradiaga, these accusations “not only lack foundation, but also represent a serious misrepresentation and politicization of cultural events such as the Miss Universe pageant.”
“Such accusations demonstrate the degree of paranoia and arbitrariness that currently defines the dictatorship,” said the opposition leader.
Likewise, Maradiaga “categorically rejected the idea that cultural events like these could have any political connotation.”
“These are platforms for cultural expression and international camaraderie. The Ortega-Murillo dictatorship’s attempt to politicize these celebrations only further reveals its disconnection from the aspirations and feelings of the Nicaraguan people,” he noted.
Likewise, he called on the international community, the institutions involved in the Miss Universe pageant and their business partners “to exert all possible pressure on the Ortega-Murillo regime and, in this way, achieve the immediate release of those arbitrarily detained, including Karen Celebertti’s husband and son.”
“We urge these influential bodies to use their platforms and voices to advocate for the freedom and rights of the Nicaraguan people, who bravely face unjust persecution,” he concluded.
For their part, denationalized Sandinista dissidents Dora María Téllez and Ana Margarita Vijil characterized the accusations against the Miss Nicaragua director as an “absolute aberration.”
“Organizing a beauty contest and being successful is now a crime of ‘anti-country’ treason according to the accusation and sentence made by the Ortega Murillo regime against Karen Celebertti, her husband and her son. All the impotence and frustration of the dictatorship in sight,” wrote Téllez, a legendary Sandinista guerrilla, through her account on the social network X (formerly Twitter).
“That note from the Police (…) is an absolute aberration. It is one more confirmation of the decadence around a couple of deranged people who will soon meet their end. My solidarity with Karen and her family in these moments of pain and anguish,” she wrote, on her behalf, Vijil on her social network X.
Sheynnis Palacios, 23, a graduate in social communication from the closed Jesuit Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), in Managua, is the first Nicaraguan and Central American to win Miss Universe, whose 2023 edition was held on the night of Saturday, November 18 in El Savior.