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International News: Nicaragua passes law to close Red Cross in latest crackdown on civic groups 

Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2023. 10:23 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Wednesday, Nicaragua passed a law to close the Red Cross in President Daniel Ortega’s latest crackdown on civic groups.

The Associated Press reports that the Nicaraguan national assembly accused the Red Cross of “attacks on peace and stability” during anti-government demonstrations in 2018. 

The Red Cross says it just helped treat injured protesters during the protests.

In addition, the Government ordered the Health department to create “a new Nicaragua Red Cross.” 

The law also allows the Government to confiscate Red Cross properties in Nicaragua and turn them over to the government.

The crackdown has now jailed o almost all of the country’s organized opposition or critics including bishops and has closed down more than 3,000 civic groups and non-governmental organizations.

 

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