Nicaragua police end church siege after day of terror in Masaya
Police in Nicaragua have ended the siege of a church exactly where opposition supporters had sought refuge following becoming attacked by riot police and pro-government militias.
Medical doctors have been permitted to treat the injured inside the church in the city of Masaya. Two individuals have died.
Some 30 folks who were inside the church were released following the nearby Catholic Church intervened.
Much more than 100 folks have been killed in Nicaragua in six weeks of violence.
‘No more repression!”
Monsignor Silvio José Báez, the auxiliary bishop of Managua, praised the regional priest in Masaya, Edwing Roman, and a human rights lawyer and campaigner, Álvaro Leiva, for their efforts in negotiating with the authorities.
He urged President Daniel Ortega to end the crackdown on protests against his government.
Monsignor Báez earlier took to social media to warn men and women to remain indoors, simply because there were reports of snipers on the streets of Masaya.
“The priests in Masaya have told me that the San Miguel parish is surrounded by anti-riot police,” he wrote on Twitter.
“There are injured and detained folks inside. No more repression in Masaya!”
Masaya, some 20km (12 miles) south of Managua, was 1 of a number of cities where opposition activists clashed with police on Saturday.
“Delinquents and gang members”
The unrest in Nicaragua was triggered by cuts to pensions and social security.
Hours after the measure was signed into law by Mr Ortega in April, pensioners and students took to the streets.
Human rights groups say the police have acted with brutality and several men and women had been killed in the following days. Most of the victims have been university students.
Mr Ortega revoked the legislation but by then he himself had become the focus of the protests.
The opposition and young activists are demanding his resignation.
Mr Ortega, the former Sandinista rebel leader, is in his third consecutive term in energy.
He was re-elected in 2016, following the constitution was changed enabling him to stand once again.
He has accused proper-wing sectors of infiltrating “delinquents” and gang members in the protest movement to destabilise his government.
Talks amongst the government and the opposition, which were mediated by Nicaragua’s Catholic Church, collapsed last week.
Numerous bishops taking component in the talks received death threats, which the Church mentioned came from the government and official media.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) visited Nicaragua last month and mentioned it had observed grave violations of human rights during the protests.
It mentioned state safety forces and armed third parties had utilised excessive force.
The government announced on Wednesday it had allowed members of the IACHR and the OAS into the nation to monitor the predicament and report on the violence.
Published at Sun, 03 Jun 2018 00:52:46 +0000