The United States has condenmned the violence in Nicaragua, calling on the Ortega government to take steps to halt violent clashes that left student protesters dead and many injured.
In a statement, U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said:
“The United States… condemns the overnight violence that left at least two student demonstrators dead,” Nauert said on Friday. “We call on the Nicaraguan government to respect the rights of protesters and to create the conditions needed for a credible dialogue, including the cessation of all violence.”
Nicaragua’s government should allow independent international human rights organizations to assess the situation, Nauert added.
Nicaragua has seen weeks of deadly protests against President Daniel Ortega and his wife and vice-president Rosario Murillo and their policies, in particular in the area of social security, in the capital and other cities.
In a press release Saturday, the U.S. said:
Those responsible for killings and other human rights abuses and violations must be brought to justice. We call on the Nicaraguan government to respect the rights of protesters and to create the conditions needed for a credible dialogue, including the cessation of all violence. The Government of Nicaragua should allow independent international human rights organizations, such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, to assess the human rights situation in Nicaragua.
We reiterate our strong support for the Nicaraguan people and their demands for genuine democracy.