The US denounced that the arrests of journalists in Nicaragua are "another alarming step against democracy.

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The US denounced that the arrests of journalists in Nicaragua are "another alarming step against democracy."

Ned Price has referred to the "actions" against the opposition presidential candidate Cristiana Chamorro Barrios, whom the Daniel Ortega regime has persecuted, accusing her of money laundering.

The spokesman for the US State Department, Ned Price, has warned this Friday that the arrests of journalists and actions against opponents in Nicaragua are "another alarming step against democracy" in the country.

Specifically, Price has referred to the "actions" against the opposition presidential candidate Cristiana Chamorro Barrios, whom the Daniel Ortega regime accuses of money laundering, and the Violeta Barrios Foundation, as well as the raid on the media such as' El Confidencial 'and arrests of journalists covering the event.

"Free and fair elections are undermined when independent media are under siege and opposition leaders cannot run," Price lamented through his Twitter profile.

The Nicaraguan Police raided this Thursday the offices of figures critical of the Government of the Sandinista National Liberation Front of Ortega and the communication medium 'El Confidencial' and other headquarters of different media arresting some professionals.

The agents also intervened at the headquarters of the Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation for Reconciliation and Democracy (FVBCH), led by Cristiana Chamorro Barrios, until January.

They also entered his brother, Carlos Fernando Chamorro, director of 'El Confidencial' and two television programs. Television cameraman Leonel Gutiérrez was allegedly detained, although later released, and television equipment confiscated.

On the other hand, the Ministry of the Interior announced the investigation against Cristiana Chamorro for money laundering by the foundation she directed. At the same time, the Prosecutor's Office summoned her to testify.

Thus, the independent candidate has come this Friday to testify to the Prosecutor's Office, an appointment that has lasted two and a half hours, after which Cristiana Chamorro has said at the exit that "it is an unfair incrimination."

"They are mounting a legal monstrosity," he assured, to regret that the Prosecutor's Office has not given him details about the case, reports 'La Prensa'.

Before entering to testify, he stressed that the accusation against his people "is an accusation of all Nicaraguans that we want democracy, that we want freedom and that we want a change in the system in the next elections."

Another of the events against the opposition to the Ortega regime occurred this Thursday when the Police prevented another presidential candidate from leaving his home, in this case, Juan Sebastián Chamorro, who has assured that the agents have told him that he has a "house for jail," collects 'La Prensa.'

Any person under tax investigation is prohibited from participating in positions subject to election in the country. Thus, the opposition accuses Ortega of carrying out attacks against the candidates ahead of the general elections called for November 7.