The US expressed concern about the arrest of another opposition leader in Nicaragua: “Ortega is a dictator”

Julie Chung, Acting Undersecretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, called Daniel Ortega a “dictator”

The United States expressed its concern on Tuesday for the arrest of the Nicaraguan opposition leader, Félix Maradiaga Blandon, the third candidate for the country’s presidency to be arbitrarily apprehended by the Daniel Ortega regime in less than a week.

“The arbitrary detention of presidential candidate Félix Maradiaga – the third Nicaraguan opposition leader detained in ten days – should dispel any remaining doubts about Ortega’s credentials as a dictator. The international community has no choice but to treat it as such “, he stated on his social networks Julie Chung, Acting Undersecretary of the US Department of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) also spoke. Luis Almagro, who demanded “the immediate release of Félix Alejandro Madariaga Blandón”, as well as it did last week in the cases of Chamorro and Cruz. The former Uruguayan Foreign Minister indicated that “The Daniel Ortega regime must cease the violations of the fundamental rights of its citizens and the principles of the Inter-American Democratic Charter.”

Maradiaga was arrested this Tuesday after appearing at the Public Ministry, which initiated an investigation against him for acts against sovereignty, terrorism and applauding sanctions., reported the Sandinista Prosecutor’s Office.

The candidate for the presidency of Nicaragua, Felix Maradiaga, was detained by Daniel Ortega's Police (Photo: EFE / Jorge Torres)
The candidate for the presidency of Nicaragua, Felix Maradiaga, was detained by Daniel Ortega’s Police (Photo: EFE / Jorge Torres)

The National Police detailed that the opposition leader “is being investigated for carrying out acts that undermine independence, sovereignty, and self-determination, inciting foreign interference in internal affairs, and calling for military interventions”, The entity pointed out in a separate statement to that of the Prosecutor’s Office.

In addition, he is accused of “organizing with financing from foreign powers to execute acts of terrorism and destabilization”Added the police.

The charges attributed to Maradiaga are contemplated in the Law for the Defense of the Rights of the People and Sovereignty and Foreign Agents, approved in December by Parliament, akin to the Ortega regime.

In addition to the charges against him by the Police, the Prosecutor’s Office is investigating Maradiaga for failing to comply with “seriously” Y “having distorted”The aims and objectives of the Institute for Strategic Studies and Public Policies (IEEPP).

This NGO was closed at the end of 2018 by Parliament, along with other organizations critical of the government.

The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH) condemned the arrest of Maradiaga and denounced that the authorities are using “a new repressive model: summoning without saying why those they consider political enemies, interview them, let them leave the Prosecutor’s Office and then arrest them on the way to home or already inside ”.

Maradiaga, 44, He is the third candidate to be detained in a week in the context of the November 7 elections., after the arrest of journalist Cristiana Chamorro Y the former diplomat Arturo Cruz.

Daniel Ortega intensifies the persecution against the Nicaraguan opposition (EFE)
Daniel Ortega intensifies the persecution against the Nicaraguan opposition (EFE)

The first detainee was Chamorro, daughter of the former president Violeta Barrios de Chamorro (1990-1997) and the opposition figure with the highest probability of winning the presidential elections, and the second was Cruz, who was the Ortega government’s ambassador to the United States. between 2007 and 2009.

Chamorro under house arrest, does not belong to any party, but opinion polls indicated that he had greater public support, after President Daniel Ortega, who according to his opponents will seek a fourth successive term in November.

The opposition woman is accused of money laundering through the foundation named after her mother, the former president Violeta Barrios de Chamorro (1990-1997), while Cruz is charged with attacking Nicaraguan society and the rights of the town.

Days ago Joe Biden’s government announced that it is preparing new sanctions against the Ortega regime for its increasing persecution against the Nicaraguan opposition.

With information from AFP and EFE

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