Why did Nicaragua strip hundreds of people’s citizenships?

Will stripping citizenship silence Nicaragua’s critics?

Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega delivers a speech
Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega delivers a speech during an extraordinary session of the National Assembly of People's Power of Cuba in commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the creation of ALBA-TCP at the Convention Palace in Havana, Cuba, December 14, 2022. [Yamil Lage/Reuters]

More than 300 Nicaraguans, considered political opponents of President Daniel Ortega, have been stripped of their citizenship. Some were already out of the country but 222 were recently deported from Nicaragua to the United States and forced into exile. It is the latest move by Ortega to crack down on political dissent. But will it succeed in silencing his critics?

In this episode: 

  • Felix Maradiaga (@maradiaga), Nicaraguan activist and former presidential candidate

Episode credits:

This episode was produced by Ashish Malhotra with Chloe K Li and our host, Malika Bilal. Miranda Lin and Khaled Soltan fact-checked this episode.

Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Andy Greiner and Adam Abou-Gad are our engagement producers. Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer, and Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.

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Source: Al Jazeera