MADRID, 14 Jun. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Nicaraguan Police have detained five other opponents between this Saturday and Sunday despite calls from the international community to President Daniel Ortega to release four other opponents and pre-candidates for the presidential elections scheduled for November 7, arrested by different reasons in recent weeks.
The detainees are the president of the Unión Democrática Renovadora (Unamos) party, Suyen Barahona, the vice president, Hugo Torres, and the members Tamara Dávila, Dora María Téllez and Ana Margarita Vijil, according to ‘La Prensa’.
Police have indicated in a statement that they are being investigated for “undermining independence, sovereignty and self-determination” and “inciting foreign interference.”
Faced with this new thread of arrests, the international community has reacted again. The Acting Undersecretary for the Western Hemisphere of the United States Department of State, Julie Chung, has indicated that these “arbitrary” detentions demonstrate how “Ortega-Murillo’s campaign of terror continues” as well as has urged the Organization of American States ( OAS) has send a clear signal. “The region cannot stand still and wait to see who follows,” he has settled.
For his part, the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, has condemned these arrests and has demanded the release of the opponents. “Another proof of the true nature of the Ortega dictatorship,” he pointed out in the same social network.
In the last week, the Nicaraguan authorities have detained four opposition candidates for the Presidency for various reasons. The first was Cristiana Chamorro, daughter of former President Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, who is under house arrest while being investigated for an alleged crime of money laundering, and then Arturo Cruz arrived, for “an attack against society and the rights of the people.”
This Monday Juan Sebastián Chamorro, nephew of the aforementioned former president, was arrested to be investigated for “carrying out acts that undermine independence, sovereignty and self-determination” and “inciting foreign interference”, as well as Félix Madariaga shortly after he appeared. before the Prosecutor’s Office as part of an investigation against him “for acts that undermine the independence of the people.”
The Nicaraguan government has been intensifying its political repression in recent days with its sights set on the November 7 elections. In 2018, in the face of the massive protests that broke out against Ortega, the Executive responded with a strong repression that resulted in more than 300 deaths and hundreds of detainees.