Statement by Heather Nauert – Call for Calm in Nicaragua

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U.S. Department Of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson
April 22, 2018


The United States government regrets the loss of life and injuries suffered in Nicaragua during protests by its citizens. We condemn the violence and the excessive force used by police and others against civilians who are exercising their constitutional right to freedom of expression and assembly.

The United States calls for a broad-based dialogue involving all sectors of society to resolve the current conflict, restore respect for human rights, and achieve a better, more democratic future for all Nicaraguans.

We also call on the Nicaraguan government to allow journalists to operate freely and restore all television coverage to the air. Additionally, we urge the government to allow an independent investigation and to prosecute those responsible for the deaths.

This translation is provided as a courtesy and only the original English source should be considered authoritative.
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