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Ortega regime arrests former Miss Nicaragua running for vice president

TODAY NICARAGUA – On Monday, August 2, 2021, Berenice Quezada joined the ticket of running mate to presidential candidate Oscar Sobalvarro of the Alianza Ciudadanos por la Libertad (CxL).

Monday, August 3, Berenice Quezada (left in blue) stands with Oscar Sobalvarro, registering with the elections tribunal as vice-presidential and presidential candidates, respectively, for the CxL party. LA PRENSA

Tuesday night, the former Miss Nicaragua and official vice-presidential candidate was ordered under house arrest by the Ortega regime, disqualifying her candidacy under Nicaragua’s elections rules.

Through her Instagram account, Quezada spoke about her house arrest and assured that she is well and at the same time thanked people who have cared for her physical integrity.

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“Yesterday I was notified that I am inhibited as a candidate for the presidency. Let us trust God for the future of our Nicaragua,” wrote the former beauty queen.

“We announce that today at 9.30 pm, Berenice Quezada, the vice-presidential candidate for the Alliance CxL, was informed in her home by the judicial authorities and the Public Ministry, accompanied by the police, that starting that moment she remains under house arrest,” the party tweeted.

Another Tweet indicated that the Quezada is without access to telephone communication, with immigration restrictions.

“We demand freedom and respect for the human rights of Berenice Quezada,” denounced the CxL in a follow-up Tweet.

Former beauty queen and now former vice-presidential candiate Berenice Quezada. Source Instagram
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La Prensa reports that the measures against Quezada occurred hours after supporters of Daniel Ortega’s regime denounced her to the Office of the Attorney for the Defense of Human Rights (PDDH) for allegedly committing “apología del delito” (Unlawful conduct consisting of exalting criminal conduct or its perpetrator) and for “incitement to hatred”, and requested her inhibition to participate in elections.

Reunited and without reacting officially

Meanwhile, members of the CxL party met this Wednesday behind closed doors, a day after Quezada’s house arrest. The press team reported that the CxL Alliance would be “in an emergency session and in internal consultation with various sectors of the country” to make a decision on this latest event.

Officially they have not commented, announcing that they would be giving a press conference on Thursday, August 5

The CxL presidential candidate Oscar Sobalvarro was one of the members who were present at this meeting held at the national headquarters of CxL, in Managua, but did not offer statements to the media.

Quezada joins the list of prominent opponents arrested for expressing their critical position against the Daniel Ortega regime, including seven opposition presidential candidates, among them Cristiana Chamorro, daughter of former Nicaraguan President Violeta Chamorro.

The last of them, Noel Vidaurre, was arrested by the police on July 25 for allegedly undermining the country’s sovereignty.

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Most of the detained opponents are accused of “traitors to the homeland”, according to the provisions of the Law for the Defense of the Rights to Independence, Sovereignty and Self-Determination of the Peoples (Law 1055), which according to analysts was created precisely to inhibit the candidacy of opponents in charge of popular election.

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