Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has faced protests against his administration, and Florida lawmakers Marco Rubio and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen are calling for the President to face consequences after protests this weekend ended in a deadly way.It’s reported that one man was killed after paramilitary forces and police stormed a church in Managua where 150 students were being housed.
Ros-Lehtinen, in spanish, took to twitter to call the Nicaraguan President a coward and to call on the International community to take action in response to the death.
#Ortega sigue demostrando q es un cobarde q se esconde detrás d caos y armas p rehusarse a dejar el poder. Condeno acciones d su régimen en contra d estudiantes en #UNAN. La comunidad internacional tiene q tomar acción en contra d esta violencia y violaciones d #DDHH n #Nicaragua
— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) July 14, 2018
Senator Rubio added to Roe-Lehtinen’s remarks by saying that “If his violence leads to a bloodbath he will face consequences.”He also noted that he had spoken to Nicaragua’s foreign minister Denis Moncada Colindres, and Rubio told him that the “opportunity still existed to avoid cycle of conflict with U.S. if they held early & fair elections. But Ortega/Murillo regime responded with more violence making very clear the path they have chosen.”
Several wks ago I personally told #Nicaragua F.M. Denis Moncada Colindres that opportunity still existed to avoid cycle of conflict with U.S. if they held early & fair elections. But Ortega/Murillo regime responded with more violence making very clear the path they have chosen
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 14, 2018
Earlier in June, Ros-Lehtinen led an effort in congress urging President Donald Trump to support the Nicaraguan people in their fight against totalitarianism. In addition, a letter was penned explaining that “We are calling on the Administration to target additional regime officials for designation under the law, so that Ortega and his cronies feel the real impact of their brutal policies.”