October 16, 2021

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Ortega regime’s offensive against opposition continues: Former First Lady, journalist joins prisoner list

Maria Fernanda Flores de Aleman, wife and wife of former Nicaraguan President Arnoldo Aleman, speaks at a press conference in Managua (Nicaragua) today. EFE / George Torres

Arrested attack The reign of Daniel Ortega Continued this Monday against the enemy Former First Lady Maria Fernanda Flores and journalist Miguel Mendoza arrested, Less than five months before the general election.

With these two arrests, the number of detained opponents rises to 19, including five presidential candidates.

One for all of them In the opinion of the government, the law passed by the ruling Congress allows to punish those who “undermine freedom and sovereignty” and incite “foreign interference”.

Flores, the wife of former President Arnoldo Alemann (1997-2001) and former vice president (2017-2020), is “in police custody” at her home, police said in a statement.

He lost his place amid controversy over the leadership of the Liberal Constitution Party (Plc, right), he joined.

Her husband was convicted in 2003 of money laundering and corruption during his government, but in 2009 was acquitted of the charges against him. Police have not been notified of his current condition.

Daniel Ortega speaks with First Lady and Vice President Rosario Murillo during the opening ceremony of a highway overpass in Managua, Nicaragua.  (AP Photo / Alfredo Junica, file)
Daniel Ortega speaks with First Lady and Vice President Rosario Murillo during the opening ceremony of a highway overpass in Managua, Nicaragua. (AP Photo / Alfredo Junica, file)

When, Sports journalist Miguel Mendoza, who was detained this Monday, is a critic of the Ortega regime..

Journalist Miguel Mora, the last of the pre-arrested candidates, was arrested Sunday night. He was preceded in death by an attack by Christiana Zamoro, Felix Maradia, Arturo Cruz and Juan Sebastian Zamoro on June 2.

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Christiana was accused of embezzling money from the trust he headed And named after his mother, former President Violeta Barrios de Zamoro.

For his part, journalist Carlos Fernando Zamoro, Christiana’s brother and media director critical of the government, condemned the police raid on his social media site on Monday night.

“At 8.30 pm, police raided my home in Intermeso del Bosque. We pay tribute to the physical integrity of my brother-in-law Amelia Elizondo, Ambaro and bodyguard Alvaro, ”he wrote on social media.

Zamoro recalled it Ortega twice ordered the writing to close Confidential “They will not close the newspaper,” he reiterated.

File photo of Carlos Fernando Zamoro dated March 31, 2019, during a meeting of the American Press Association (IAPA) in Cartagena, Colombia.  EFE / Ricardo Maldonado Rosso / Archive
File photo of Carlos Fernando Zamoro dated March 31, 2019, during a meeting of the American Press Association (IAPA) in Cartagena, Colombia. EFE / Ricardo Maldonado Rosso / Archive

Daniel Ortega ordered a police raid Confidential In December 2018. All equipment was stolen and offices confiscated. One month ago, on May 20, police raided Confidential and Esta Semana offices for the second time, ”Zamoro wrote on his Twitter account.

Former guerrilla Ortega, who ruled from 1979 to 1990, returned to power with the left-wing Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) in 2007, remaining there after two consecutive re-elections. His opponents estimate he will run for a fourth term in the November 7 election..

He has been accused by the opposition and the international community of dictatorial rule. More than 300 people have been killed and thousands deported since the brutal crackdown on protests against his administration in 2018, According to human rights organizations.

Sandinismo promised to hold “free, fair and transparent” general elections and demanded that “no foreign government interfere in the process.”

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The attack continues. Frightening all of us is a scary tactic. A kind of uncontrolled outburst of rage. They do not measure the impact on our country”Said author Geoconda Belle on Twitter.

With information from AFP

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