Nicaragua arrests opponents to president

Q: Nicaraguan authorities have arrested 11 potential presidential candidates and opposition leaders in what has been called an anti-democratic hunt for critics of President Daniel Ortega, who is expected to seek a fifth term in November. Where is the Central American nation of Nicaragua?

Circle the area on this map

Q: The top U.S. diplomat for Latin America, Julie Chung, said the arrests "should resolve any remaining doubts about Ortega's credentials as a dictator". Ortega first gained power in 1979 after he helped lead a revolution which ousted dictator Anastasio Somoza. What nation backed the Somoza family dictatorship that ruled Nicaragua more than four decades?

A. Britain

B. Spain

C. United States

D. Soviet Union

Q: The U.S. stopped economic aid to Nicaragua after Ortega and his new left-wing government were accused of sending arms to leftist rebels in what Central American nation?

A. Colombia

B. El Salvador

C. Peru

D. Venezuela

Q: President Ronald Reagan used the CIA in the 1980s to support right-wing “Contra” rebels waging a civil war against Ortega and his government. His administration illegally sold weapons to which nation to use the money help the Contras?

A. Iran

B. Iraq

C. Lebanon

D. Syria

Q: Ortega has accused the people he arrested of helping the United States and others trying to oust him. His popularity plummeted after he violently put down anti-government protests in 2018, killing hundreds and sparking more economic sanctions. Which nation has NOT imposed sanctions on Nicaragua?

A. Britain

B. France

C. Germany

D. Russia

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