The president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced Monday that he decided to extend the qualification that made Nicaragua a "threat" to the national security of the world power by one year, arguing that the "repressive tactics" of Daniel Ortega's regime against the opposition still persist.
“The national emergency declared on November 27, 2018 must remain in force beyond November 27, 2019 (…). I extend it for a year, ”Trump said in a statement released by the White House.
Trump recalled that at the time he took this step to "deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to national security and the foreign policy of the United States that constituted the situation in Nicaragua," something that has not changed.RELATED
The US president denounced not only “the violent response that the Government gave to the protests that began on April 18, 2018,” but “to the systematic dismantling of democratic institutions and the rule of law by the Ortega regime,” thus as to its "indiscriminate use of violence and its repressive tactics against civilians", in addition to "the corruption that has led to the destabilization of the economy of Nicaragua."
At this time, the United States has issued numerous sanctions against senior Nicaraguan government officials, including Ortega and his wife and vice president, Rosario Murillo, and their son, for human rights violations and corruption.
Nicaragua has suffered a political crisis since April 2018, when protests broke out against a controversial social security reform, which grew rapidly to demand the “democratization” of the Central American nation, in the biggest challenge to Ortega in his fifteen years of government.
More than 300 people died from repression of the protests and hundreds were arrested, to which we must add some disappearances. Experts from the Inter-American Human Rights System recommended that the Sandinista leader be tried for crimes against humanity.
(With information from Europa Press)