(CNN Español) — The Nicaraguan National Police reported this Sunday that it detained the former guerrilla, historian and founder of the Sandinista Renewal Movement (currently the Unamos party), Dora María Téllez Argüello; the president of the party, Suyen Barahona; Ana Margarita Vigil Gurdián, activist of the Blue and White National Unity, and retired General Hugo Torres Jiménez, militant of the Sandinista Renewal Movement, all four under accusations of being investigated in accordance with Law No. 1055 “Law of Defense of the Rights of the people to Independence, Sovereignty and Self-determination for Peace ”, which adds up to 12 opposition leaders arrested in less than two weeks.
In three communiqués, the Police pointed out that Téllez Argüello, Barahona, Vigil Guardián and Torres Jiménez carried out alleged “acts that undermine independence, sovereignty and self-determination, incite foreign interference in internal affairs, request military interventions, organize with financing of foreign powers to carry out acts of terrorism and destabilization, propose and manage economic, commercial and financial operations blockades against the country and its institutions, demand, exalt and applaud the imposition of sanctions against the State of Nicaragua and its citizens, and injure the supreme interests of the nation ”, without offering details about the facts.
CNN is trying to communicate with the detainees’ lawyers to find out their version of these events. All four have voiced criticism of the government of President Daniel Ortega, especially since the 2018 anti-government protests, which the government links to an alleged foreign-funded coup attempt.
The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights condemned this Sunday the arbitrary detention and search at the home of Dora María Téllez and Ana Margarita Vigil.
“The police entered their homes violently and took them away to an unknown destination. We demand that the Ortega Murillo regime respect his personal integrity, “said Cenidh.
In a later message, Cenidh reported the arrest of Suyen Barahona.
“We alert the international community of these acts that violate human rights,” said the organization.
Prior to his arrest, Barahona posted a video on his social media in anticipation of what would happen.
«If you are watching this video, it is because the Police kidnapped me, as they have done with other social, political, defenders, and more than 120 political prisoners. I call on you to maintain hope, to maintain the mobilization and that the indignation becomes action and we achieve the freedom of Nicaragua, “said Barahona.
These four arrests are added to that of eight other opposition leaders who were detained by the Police this week, under investigation for alleged acts against national sovereignty: the presidential candidates Arturo Cruz, Félix Maradiaga and Juan Sebastián Chamorro, the opposition leaders José Adán Aguerri , José Pallais, Violeta Granera and Tamara Dávila Rivas. While the presidential candidate Cristiana Chamorro, who has been under house arrest since June 2 for alleged money laundering, among other crimes, completes the list of 12 opponents arrested in less than two weeks.
The European Union, the United States Department of State, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights have called for the immediate release of these opponents and that the charges be reversed, for consider that they are politically motivated.
The government has not officially responded to these calls. Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada said this week on an official television channel that they will not allow interference and that the actions of the Judiciary are consistent with the Constitution and national laws.