Swalwell Statement on the Arrest of Opposition Candidate Cristiana Chamorro in Nicaragua

June 4, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) released the following statement: 

“I condemn in the strongest possible terms the unjustified house arrest of popular opposition candidate Cristiana Chamorro by Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega. Over the past three years, more than 108,000 Nicaraguans have been forced to flee their country because of political persecution. Many of them have made the dangerous trek to seek refuge in the United States, at times contributing to a tragedy at our southern border. Instead of wasting time undemocratically clamping down on dissent, Ortega should be working to lift his country out of the poverty and horrific violence that have caused so many of his constituents to leave the country.

“Ortega’s actions over the past three years, including his arrest of Cristiana Chamorro, send a clear message to the Nicaraguan people that dissent will be met with violence or force. The United States must send a clear message to Ortega that the Nicaraguan people deserve the right to self-determination through a free and fair election without interference. 

“I join Secretary of State Antony Blinken in condemning Ortega’s arbitrary arrest of Cristiana Chamorro and calling for real democracy in Nicaragua. Such a democracy is what would help improve conditions in that country for all and enable its citizens to remain in their native land. It is my hope that the United States and its allies will work with the Organization of American States to impose consequences on Ortega for his regime’s assaults on freedom, democracy, and human rights.”