The Nicaraguan Police arrested this Monday university leaders Lesther Alemán and Max Jerez and peasants Merardo Mairena, Fredyy Navas, Pedro Mena and Pablo Morales.

According to the newspaper ‘La Prensa’, both the Nicaraguan University Alliance (AUN) and the Peasant Movement have denounced these arrests, while the police have not stated the reason for the arrests.

Up to 21 politicians and independent journalists have been arrested in the latest wave of repression, including presidential pre-candidates Cristiana Chamorro, Arturo Cruz, Félix Maradiaga, Juan Sebastián Chamorro and Miguel Mora, which the government of Daniel Ortega has initiated against opponents months before the presidential elections in the country.

All of those imprisoned, with the exception of Cristiana Chamorro who is being investigated for alleged money laundering, have been charged under the provisions of Law 1055, Law for the Defense of the Rights of the People to Independence, Sovereignty and Self-Determination for Peace.

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