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Police in Nicaragua on Wednesday raided the home of opposition figure Cristina Chamorro and placed her under house arrest, seen by critics as an attempt by the federal government to block her attempts to run for the presidency.
Camorro, a journalist and daughter of former President Violet Chamorro, is widely seen as a challenger to President Danielle Ortega, who is running for a fourth consecutive term in November.
Her brother, Carlos Chamorro, confirmed the raid via social media, saying that the police raided his Managua illegally. Home for more than five hours until Wednesday evening, police were there and arrested him “in isolation”.
He said the raids took place just when Chamorro was about to speak to reporters for a scheduled press conference.
After more than five hours of police raid on my sister Christiana Chamorro’s house @chamorrocris, a presidential candidate, at 5:15 p.m. Riot police leave him under “house arrest”, under isolation. His house is still under police custody.
— Carlos F. Chamorro (@cefeche) 2 June 2021
Kamoro’s home confinement on Wednesday It comes a day after prosecutors filed money laundering charges against the presidential candidate and requested to disqualify him from running for office.
The Oratega government accused Chamorro of “disrespectful management” and “ideological lies” because of his role in running the Violet Barrios de Chamorro Foundation for Reconciliation and Democracy, a press freedom group.
Nicaragua’s interior ministry has said it has launched an investigation into the organization following alleged “inconsistencies” in financial reports it filed with the government between 2015 and 2019.
Kamoro is exaggerated the allegations.
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He resigned his leadership position from the organization in January. The group was dissolved a month later following the passage of a law that would have forced the organization to register as a foreign agent because it accepted funds from international sources.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticized Chamorro’s ban on running for office. He said in a tweet on Wednesday that the “arbitrary ban” “reflects Ortega’s fear of free and fair elections. The people of Nicaragua deserve real democracy.”
The Ortega government has taken several steps in recent years. To crack down on critics and the Chamorro family.
Arbitrary ban on opposition leader @chamorrocris Shows Ortega’s fear for free and fair elections. The Nicaraguan people deserve real democracy.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) 2 June 2021
The National Police also raided the offices of Cristina Chamorro’s brother, Carlos, an opposition journalist. In 2018, police seized equipment and took over the offices of their independent news outlet Confidential. He went into exile for a year in neighboring Costa Rica, returning in 2020.
In April 2018, mass protests were violently called off by Ortega, following the government’s effort to reform the country’s social security system. Hundreds were imprisoned and over 300 were killed.
Ortega was elected Nicaragua’s first post-revolutionary president in 1979, but was defeated by Violet Chamorro in 1990. He held the position till 1997. Ortega returned to power in 2007 and was re-elected three times in contests over allegations of corruption and legislative manipulation.
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