Nicaraguan Police Raid Offices of Opposition Newspaper La Prensa

Nicaraguan police have raided on Aug. 13 the offices of the country’s main opposition newspaper La Prensa.

La Prensa said on Facebook on Aug. 15 that the riot police still have not left the building.

Journalists said that internet access and electricity were cut off during the raid.

The national police said in a statement that the raid was part of an investigation into its directors for “customs fraud and money laundering.”

The raid comes a day after La Prensa announced that it would suspend its print edition and would only publish digital content because the government’s customs office had withheld ink and paper for its printing.

The 95-year-old newspaper has repeatedly referred to President Daniel Ortega as a “dictator” after his security forces in 2018 clashed with protesters and 326 people died.

The national newspaper is owned by the family of Christiana Chamorro, one of Nicaragua’s most prominent politician who was detained two months ago after announcing she would run against Ortega in the November elections.

Police also detained other presidential candidates, leading to a months-long crackdown.

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