The US State Department reported that the detention imposed restrictions in Nicaragua on at least 32 opposition leaders and leaders since May 28.
This Friday, the United States announced visa restrictions that affect 19 electoral and political officials who have allegedly helped the Nicaraguan dictator, Daniel Ortega, and his wife, Rosario Murillo, to perpetrate an "attack" against the country's democracy.
The sanctions were imposed for the detention in Nicaragua of at least 32 opposition leaders and leaders, including seven candidates for the Presidency, since May 28, in the framework of the electoral process, said State Department spokesman Ned Price, it's a statement.
The message posted by State Department spokesman Ned Price
"We are imposing visa restrictions on 19 Nicaraguan electoral and political party officials for instigating the Ortega-Murillo government's assault on democracy," says Price's message posted on his Twitter account.
"The international community intends to promote the accountability of those who undermine democracy," the publication adds, citing the statement issued by the Department.
The measure's objective is also to respond to the arrest of students, business leaders, journalists, and human rights defenders in Nicaragua in recent months.
With today's action, we are making clear our commitment to promoting the accountability of all allies in the Ortega Merillo government's attack on democracy. They are not welcome in the United States, "Price noted.
According to the document, all these "undemocratic and authoritarian" actions in Nicaragua mean that the upcoming electoral process and its eventual results have "lost all credibility." This warning had already been issued by the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.
The sanctions announced this Friday follow Blinken's announcements on July 12 and August 5, when visa restrictions were imposed on 150 other Nicaraguan judges, prosecutors, and family members of those officials under a policy or regulation that applies to Nicaraguans and their immediate family members believed to be responsible or complicit in "undermining democracy," including those responsible for human rights abuses.
Ortega, a former Sandinista guerrilla who returned to power in 2007, is seeking reelection for another five years in the November elections.
The dictator, who was about to turn 76 years old and who coordinated a Governing Board from 1979 to 1984 and presided over the country for the first time between 1985 and 1990, accused the opposition leaders of trying to overthrow him with the support of the United States and called them "Criminals."