Protesters in Nicaragua have been demonstrating against President Daniel Ortega since April.
CRISIS IN NICARAGUA
"With each passing day, Nicaragua travels down a familiar path. It is a path that Syria has taken, it is a path that Venezuela has taken," said U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
News agency EFE spoke with the leader of Nicaragua, a nation embroiled in a socio-political crisis.
President Carlos Alvarado's statement came one day after hundreds of Costa Ricans held a protest in San Jose against Nicaraguan immigrants. The demonstration turned violent.
Several reporters have been captured and assaulted during the protests in Nicaragua, in which, to date, 317 to 448 people have lost their lives.
During the march on Saturday, which had been called by the government to demand justice for the victims of the crisis over the past three months, protesters expressed their backing for what they are calling a "revolutionary process headed by Comandante Daniel Ortega."
The Central American nation is in a prolonged political crisis that has so far claimed between 277 and 351 lives in three months.
Nicaragua's Attorney General's Office has leveled charges against farm leader Medardo Mairena, who is representing an opposition alliance in a national dialogue process.
Human rights organizations say that at 351 people have died in unrest that began in mid-April with protests against a government proposal - since withdrawn - to make changes to the pension system.
President Daniel Ortega says Nicaragua's constitution does not allow for the 2021 elections to be held early.
Nicaragua a is mired in a socio-political crisis that has resulted in between 178-200 deaths since mid-April, according to humanitarian organizations, making it the country's bloodiest crisis since the 1980s.