Nicaragua Opposition Arrests Climb To 26
Nicaragua has arrested a sixth presidential contender and four other opposition figures, police said Tuesday, bringing to 26 the number of people rounded up by long-term leader Daniel Ortega's forces ahead of November elections
Managua, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 6th Jul, 2021 ) :Nicaragua has arrested a sixth presidential contender and four other opposition figures, police said Tuesday, bringing to 26 the number of people rounded up by long-term leader Daniel Ortega's forces ahead of November elections.
The five were arrested on Monday night on charges of threatening Nicaragua's "sovereignty," like the 21 before them.
The charges are based on a law initiated by Ortega and approved by parliament in December, widely criticized as a means of freezing out challengers and silencing opponents ahead of elections in which he is widely expected to seek a fourth successive term.
In raids that began on June 2, security and paramilitary forces have arrested presidential contenders, critics, politicians, businessmen and former comrades of Ortega, 75.
A police statement said the five held on Monday included presidential hopeful Medardo Mairena, as well as Freddy Navas and Pedro Mena.
The three are leaders of Nicaragua's peasant movement, and are accused by the government of masterminding the killing, kidnapping or wounding of police agents during 2018 protests against the government of Ortega and his wife, deputy president Rosaria Murillo.
Also held Monday were students Lester Aleman and Max Jerez, the alleged "ringleaders" of university blockades during the 2018 demonstrations which the government has denounced as a "failed coup d'etat".