Bob Menendez: Daniel Ortega is Kim Jong Un of the Western Hemisphere.


The US senator analyzed the fragile political situation in Nicaragua a week after the arrests of presidential candidates and other opponents of the Government.

US Senator Bob Menéndez referred to the critical political situation in Nicaragua, a country whose regime has imprisoned four candidates for the Presidency and other opponents. "I look at Daniel Ortega, and I think he is the Kim Jong-un of the western hemisphere," He expressed.

I think the Ortega government will face more consequences for its actions.

And he added: In the past week, Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo have launched a brutal attack on democracy in Nicaragua, something we haven't seen in our hemisphere since the days of the Cold War.

Then, he insisted: "The truth is, I look at Ortega, and I think he's Kim Jong Un of the Western Hemisphere because of the way he's acting.

And he concluded: "We have to be clear in our position against the Ortega regime. They are consolidating the third dictatorship in the region. It is something that we cannot accept".

Nicaraguan authorities continued on Wednesday the arrests of opposition leaders, including four candidates for the Presidency of Nicaragua. At the same time, the United States sanctioned four advisers to President Daniel Ortega, including his daughter Camila Antonia Ortega Murillo.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on Nicaragua to release opposition leaders detained in recent days and restore their political rights.

The Spanish Government also called for the "immediate release" of the pre-candidates for the Nicaraguan presidential elections" detained, imprisoned or detained" -Cristiana Chamorro, Arturo Cruz, Félix Maradiaga, and Juan Sebastián Chamorro-, as well as "other opponents."

Night police raid

The Nicaraguan Police imprisoned the candidate Chamorro, the former head of the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (Cosep) José Adán Aguerri, and the opposition activist Violeta Granera on Tuesday night, while this Wednesday the measure was imposed on the opposition politician and former Vice-Chancellor José Pallais.

Afternoon on Tuesday, and after appearing before the Public Ministry, he detained Maradiaga.

According to the National Police, the five opponents were arrested on charges of undermining freedom, sovereignty and self-determination, inciting foreign interference in internal affairs, soliciting military intervention, and Other crimes, according to the National Police, directed by Francisco Daz, brother-in-law of Ortega.

The first detainee, last week, was Cristiana Chamorro, daughter of former president Violeta Barrios de Chamorro (1990-1997) and the opposition figure most likely to win the presidential elections next November and the second was Arturo Cruz. The latter was ambassador to the United States of the Ortega government between 2007 and 2009.

Washington sanctioned Ortega's daughter.

After these arrests, the United States Department of the Treasury decided to sanction Camila Antonia Ortega Murillo, Ortega's daughter who directs the Nicaragua Diseña fashion event and the National Commission for Creative Economy; the president of the Central Bank of Nicaragua, Ovidio Reyes; and the head of the Sandinista parliamentary group, Edwin Castro.

Also to Brigadier General Julio Modesto Rodríguez Balladares , executive director of the Instituto de Previsión Social Militar (IPSM), the financial arm of the Nicaraguan Army.

As a result of the sanctions, all assets that those involved may have in the US are frozen.

In addition, they are prohibited from making any financial transaction with US citizens or that involves some type of transit through the US power, which seeks to make it difficult for those sanctioned to access the international financial system based on the dollar.

Washington had previously sanctioned the country's vice president and first lady, Rosario Murillo, and three other children: Rafael Antonio, Laureano, and Juan Carlos, all Ortega Murillo.