Politics 28-11-2018

Nicaragua rejects US sanctions against Vice President Murillo

The Government of Nicaragua rejected the sanctions imposed by the US on Vice President Rosario Murillo and security adviser Néstor Moncada Lau, and described Washington's actions against that Central American country as interventionist.

"We categorically reject the historical continuity of the interference and the interventionist policy of the US imperial power against Nicaragua (...) We declare all accusations that ratify the imperialist perspectives and practices of the United States of America as inadmissible, disrespectful, disrespectful, false and illegitimate, and the servile and abject condition of the creole vendepatria, "the government said in a statement.

On November 27, the US Treasury Department said it took action following an executive order from President Donald Trump against officials close to Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

The US government is seeking with the measures to hold the Nicaraguan authorities responsible for the violent protests, widespread corruption and the death of hundreds of protesters since April, said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

Sanctions to Murillo and Moncada imply that any property or interests that they possess and that are under the jurisdiction of the US must be blocked and reported to the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of the Treasury.

In addition, US natural and legal persons are prohibited from all types of transactions with those sanctioned.

Opponents accuse the Ortega government of perpetrating killings and arbitrary detentions, while authorities blame the violence on irregular armed groups seeking a soft coup against the president.

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