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International News: United States cancels visas of 100 more Nicaraguan officials for ‘undermining democracy’

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2023. 10:42 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Saturday, the United States Department of State imposed visa restrictions on 100 more Nicaraguan officials for their role in supporting the regime of President Daniel Ortega and undermining democracy.

According to the Associated Press, U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken said that the U.S. “has taken steps to impose visa restrictions on 100 Nicaraguan officials who restrict Nicaraguans’ human rights and undermine democracy.”

“We call on the regime to unconditionally and immediately release Bishop Álvarez and all those unjustly detained,” Blinken added.

The administration of President Ortega has imprisoned many critics of his government including Bishop Rolando Alvarez who was sentenced to 26 years in prison, after he refused to board a plane carrying exiles to the United States in February.

The U.S. State Department had previously cancelled the visas of top Nicaraguan officials, as well as judges who convicted the opposition leaders and legislators who had cooperated in banning NGOs and civic groups.

 

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