Nicaragua: State Department urges Ortega to release opposition leader Chamorro

In a statement, the State Department maintained that Chamorro's detention "is an abuse of her rights, and represents an attack on democratic values, as well as a clear attempt to thwart free and fair elections."

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The U.S. State Department urged the regime of Daniel Ortega to release opposition leader Cristiana Chamorro, recently detained by the Nicaraguan judiciary.

In a statement, the Department of State maintained that Chamorro's detention "is an abuse of her rights, and represents an attack on democratic values, as well as a clear attempt to thwart free and fair elections."

"Ms. Chamorro's detention comes amid relentless attacks on pro-democracy presidential candidates and independent media. The Ortega regime has committed itself to preventing Ms. Chamorro from participating in the November elections and, in May, groundlessly . . .

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