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The reported violent repression and arbitrary use of force by police against demonstrators and press in Nicaragua goes against a credible process for the country's reconciliation and dialogue efforts.
The EU expects the government and its security forces to end any repression and to ensure the full respect of constitutional rights, including freedom of expression and assembly, as well as the freedom of press.
All paramilitary groups should urgently be disarmed and disbanded.
Only a credible and inclusive dialogue can resolve the country's ongoing political crisis. The EU calls on all parties to continue their efforts and to take genuine and constructive measures to that end.