U.S. lawmakers considering strong sanctions on Nicaragua’s dictatorship

With each day that passes, Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega is becoming more totalitarian and oppressive against the Nicaraguan people. More than 400 people have died as a result of Ortega’s paramilitary thugs beating and shooting protestors and many others have been imprisoned.

If Ortega wants to rule Nicaragua as a ruthless and murderous dictator like his allies the Castros in Cuba, then he should feel what it’s like to be a pariah.

Franco Ordoñez reports in McClatchy:

Congress looks to give Nicaragua a taste of what it feels like to be Iran

Some members of Congress want the Trump administration to treat Nicaragua a little bit more like Iran.

Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is pushing an updated version of a plan originally proposed by New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez that sanctions officials who are behind the deaths of anti-government protesters, human rights violations and corruption in Nicaragua.

The new proposal offered last week by Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican, and Rep. Albio Sires, D-N.J draws – almost word-for-word – from key sections of a 2012 sanctions law against Iran that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton touted as some of the “most stringent crippling sanctions” against Iran.

“Now more than ever, Congress must stand with the democracy-loving people of Nicaragua,and passing these two bills would be a very helpful step in the right direction,” Ros-Lehtinen said, citing another proposal that would block Nicaragua from receiving international funds. “I’ve long worked on legislation to punish the evil Iranian and Venezuelan regimes and my congressional work to hurt Nicaragua’s thugs follows a similar track.”

The new legislation would allow the United States to hold accountable anyone, including officials in Venezuela, Cuba, China and Russia, providing technology and equipment that could be used to commit human rights abuses, such as weapons and surveillance and telecommunications equipment.

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