Press release

Nicaragua: Police Beat, Arrest Peaceful Protestors

After members of the opposition party marched in downtown Managua, police responded with tear gas, and beat and detained the demonstrators.

Washington

In response to the repression of protestors in the Nicaraguan capital July 10, Freedom House issued the following statement:

"The beating and detaining of peaceful protestors in Managua and the harassment of journalists attempting to cover the incident are clear violations of the fundamental freedoms of expression and assembly," said Carlos Ponce, director for Latin America and Caribbean programs. "This incident involving protestors who are members of the opposition Independent Liberal Party shows the government's intolerance of political dissent and should be resoundingly condemned by the international community."  
  
Background:
Members of the opposition Independent Liberal Party marched in downtown Managua to call for free and fair elections in 2016. Police responded with tear gas and beat and detained the demonstrators. The opposition alleges that the Supreme Electoral Council has committed fraud in the last two presidential elections. Nine party members were arrested during the demonstration.

Nicaragua is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2015 and Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2015.