Managua, March 6, 2010 (FBC) Nicaraguan authorities shut down the country’s largest trade union on Monday, the latest crackdown in a years-long crackdown on any opposition to President Daniel Ortega’s government.
A key business player and ally of the increasingly authoritarian Ortega, the Council of Superiors for Private Enterprise (COSEP), has been a target of the former Marxist rebel government in recent years.
The government blamed bureaucratic inefficiencies for stripping COSEP of its legal status in its recommendations in an official statement released by the government on Monday.
“They have not completed the registration verification process showing discrepancies in the information,” the official statement said.
In the year The alliance between Ortega and Nicaragua’s top business leaders collapsed after the government’s bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters in 2018, during which more than 360 people died at the hands of police and other security forces, according to rights activists.
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COSEP’s two most recent presidents were arrested and convicted on charges of treason, which many international observers criticized as political incitement.
Both men were among more than 220 political prisoners freed last month and deported to the United States, almost all of them critics of Ortega, whom the president derided as a foreign mercenary.
Reporting by Ismael Lopez in Managua Editing by David Alire Garcia and Matthew Lewis
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