The United States rated as “despicable campaign” the wave of arrests against several opposition political leaders in Nicaragua, among them seven candidates for the Presidency for the elections in which the autocrat Daniel Ortega, in power since 2007, will seek a new reelection this coming November.
On her Twitter account, the US undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Julie Chung, reacted harshly to the arrest of Nicaraguan presidential candidate for the opposition Noel Vidaurre and political commentator Jaime Arellano. Saturday in police custody to be investigated for alleged treason.
“The day Nicaraguan voters are confirming their registration (citizen verification of the electoral roll),” President Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, “arrest two more political opponents,” criticized the US official. “The presidential candidate Noel Vidaurre and the journalist Jaime Arellano they are just victims of a despicable campaign to criminalize the peaceful opposition“from Nicaragua, he noted.
The Nicaraguan Police, led by Francisco Díaz, a brother-in-law of Ortega, reported that they have initiated an investigation against Vidaurre, a candidate for the Presidency by the opposition Citizens for Freedom Alliance (CxL), and against Arellano, and that “Both remain at home, under police custody.”
“TRAITORS TO THE COUNTRY”
Both Vidaurre and Arellano are being investigated by the National Police, which has cited the Law for the Defense of the Rights of the People to Independence, Sovereignty and Self-determination for Peace, approved urgently by the National Assembly, de majority Sandinista, last December.
That controversial law, promoted by the Executive, it lists the “traitors to the fatherland” and disqualifies all dissidents from running for public office.
In the November elections, the favorite was Cristiana Chamorro, the daughter of former president Violeta Chamorro. The applicant was the first of those arrested in a wave destined to leave the election without alternative alternatives.
In addition to Chamorro, the candidates Arturo Cruz, Félix Maradiaga, Juan Sebastián Chamorro, Miguel Mora, Medardo Mairena and now Vidaurre were arrested. investigated under the pretext of treason.
In addition, two former vice-chancellors, two former dissident Sandinista ex-guerrillas, a business leader, a banker, a former first lady, five opposition leaders, two student leaders, two peasant leaders, a journalist, two former NGO workers and a driver from Cristiana Chamorro.
Meanwhile, the law professor and constitutional lawyer María Asunción Moreno, whom the opposition Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy proposed as a presidential candidate, she left her home two weeks ago after being summoned by the Public Ministry to an interview without specifying cause, crime, or injured party and his whereabouts are unknown.
Cristiana Chamorro, the favorite to win the elections in Nicaragua, the first arrested by the Ortega dictatorship AFP
Likewise, the former leader of the Contra Luis Fley, who was one of the 11 candidates for the Presidency of the opposition, he left Nicaragua and announced, from exile, that for security reasons he decided to withdraw his aspirations.
Ortega, a former Sandinista Front guerrilla who overthrew the bloodthirsty Somoza tyranny, ruled the country between 1979 and 1990 and returned to power in 2007, turning his regime into a classic dictatorship with the company as vice president of his wife, Rosario Murillo.
Managua and Washington. Agencies