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Nicaragua Following Syria, Venezuela Toward Tyranny, Haley Says

  • Exodus of Nicaraguans would overwhelm region, Haley says
  • Nicaragua foreign minister says country not a threat to peace
People attack a police car in Managua on Sept. 2.
People attack a police car in Managua on Sept. 2.Photographer: Carlos Herrera/dpa via AP Photo

Nicaragua is sliding toward the type of tyranny seen in Syria and Venezuela amid a political crisis that has left hundreds dead and forced thousands to flee the country, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said at a security council meeting on Wednesday.

Violent clashes that erupted in April between government supporters and opponents to President Daniel Ortega have left nearly 450 dead. More than 25,000 Nicaraguans have migrated to neighboring Costa Rica in the last four months, while others have sought asylum in Panama, Mexico and Honduras, she said.