Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said 20 people were arrested and interrogated this month to protect Nicaragua’s security, not because he was a politician or a presidential candidate.
In recent weeks, the Ortega government has arrested several political opponents in the run-up to the November elections, including Arturo José Cruz Skeira and Cristiana Chamorro, both presidential hopefuls, both of whom tried to oust Ortega, Reuters reported. They are barred from reaching the presidency for the fourth time.
“Here we are not judging politicians, we are not judging volunteers, we are criminals who are against the country, against its security and life,” Ortega said in a speech on the anniversary of the birth of the revolutionary leader, Carlos Fonska Amador. Citizens are working and trying another April 18th [زمانی که تظاهرات سراسری در سال ۲۰۱۸ آغاز شد] Organize and judge. Another coup to create what they call “regime change.”
He added: “These people will be punished at the end of the judicial process in accordance with Nicaraguan law.”
“Releasing them is futile,” Ortega said, referring to international pressure to release the detainees. Everything we do is based on the book.
He emphasized that the recent US sanctions did not undermine his government’s resolve.
“Some countries have dared to attack Nicaragua and are calling for more sanctions,” Ortega said. They kneel down and ask the Yankee Empire to boycott us. They think they will surrender Nicaragua with sanctions. Nicaragua is going through a harder time.
In early June, the US Treasury Department announced that the United States had imposed sanctions on four Nicaraguan citizens, including the president’s daughter.