Election protesters beaten and jailed in Managua

Special to A.M. Costa Rica
(Posted at 2:45 p.m. today, Friday)

Freedom House has deplored the repression of protestors in the Nicaraguan capital today.

Said said Carlos Ponce, director for Latin America and Caribbean programs for the Washington, D.C.,-based organization:

“The beating and detaining of peaceful protestors in Managua and the harassment of journalists attempting to cover the incident are clear violations of the fundamental freedoms of expression and assembly.

“This incident involving protestors who are members of the opposition Independent Liberal Party shows the government’s intolerance of political dissent and should be resoundingly condemned by the international community.”

Members of the opposition Independent Liberal Party marched in downtown Managua to call for free and fair elections in 2016, Freedom House reported. Police responded with tear gas and beat and detained the demonstrators. The opposition alleges that the Supreme Electoral Council has committed fraud in the last two presidential elections. Nine party members were arrested during the demonstration.


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