Senator Marco Rubio discussed the tense political atmosphere in Nicaragua on CNN’s State of the Union. He cautioned that growing tension in the country could lead to “the possibility of a civil war in Nicaragua.”
He also noted that an escalation of the crisis that’s been going on for a while “would trigger a migratory crisis. It would undermine our anti-drug efforts in the region. There is a direct national security interest for the United States in seeing democracy and stability in Nicaragua.”
The United Nations even warned last week that the paramilitary forces that President Ortega has used against Nicaraguan citizens is a human rights violation.
Since April, there have been thousands of protestors against President Daniel Ortega’s authoritarian regime, and around 300 people have died as a result.
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Senator Marco Rubio went on to explain that “All of this could have been avoided weeks ago.”
The reason being because “The message to the Nicaraguan regime under Ortega was very clear, and that is: You call early elections, you allow legitimate elections, and this thing can move forward and everyone’s going to be fine. But if you soak your hands in blood, all of that’s off the table. They decided to soak their hands in blood. That opportunity’s now gone for Ortega.”