Peru and twelve other Latin American countries demanded yesterday in a joint statement the “immediate cessation of acts of violence, intimidation and threats” in Nicaragua.
According to information from El Comercio, the country has been immersed in a crisis for more than two months because of a reform of the pension system that led to protests, which then transformed into claims for the resignation of Sandinista President Daniel Ortega.
To the protests, Ortega’s government responded with strong paramilitary repressions, and this is why Costa Rica, Honduras, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, and Peru are requesting the immediate halt to acts of violence.
“They also condemned the violence that caused the ‘loss of more than 300 lives and hundreds of wounded’ in Nicaragua, as well as the ‘repression’ against students and civilians, according to the statement released by the Foreign Ministry of Peru”, you can read in El Comercio.
These 13 countries also urge Nicaragua to reactivate national dialogue to reach a solution to the internal conflict. They also expressed their support to the bishops in the country in their work “in favor of the search and promotion of solutions to the conflict”, according to the aforementioned media.