Saturday, July 14, 2018

At least one dead as Nicaraguan protesters hole up in church

At least one dead  Nicaraguan protesters
A standoff between Nicaraguan pro-government forces and protesters barricaded overnight inside a church has left at least one student dead, religious leaders said Saturday.

Protesters participated in a national strike against President Daniel Ortega on Friday. The Central American country has been the site of at-times violent protests since April as the opposition seeks the president's resignation and a return to democracy. More than 300 people have died since the beginning of the revolt.

Hundreds of students against Ortega have been occupying the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua since May, setting up barricades around the campus to keep troops out.

On Friday, at least 150 people, including students religious leaders, doctors and journalists, barricaded themselves inside the Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Managua near the university campus. At least three people inside the charge were injured, said Paulo Abrao, an official with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Nicaraguan Bishops' Conference said one young man died from a bullet to the head from Nicaraguan forces.

Forces kept the civilians trapped in the church overnight, allowing a convoy of ambulances to take the injured to the hospital late Friday.

No comments :

Post a Comment

Only News

Featured Post

“The U.S. must stop supporting terrorists who are destroying Syria and her people" : US Congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard

US Congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard, recently visited Syria, and even met with President Bashar Al-Assad. She also visited the recently libe...

Blog Widget by LinkWithin