Nicaragua: Ortega supporters attack priests and journalists

The riots in Nicaragua are vast. Hundreds of government supporters invaded the basilica in Diriamba and beat their victims.

Nicaragua: Ortega supporters attack priests and journalists

In Nicaragua, hundreds of supporters of President Daniel Ortega's government have invaded a church and attacked bishops, journalists and doctors re. The incident occurred on Monday in Basilica of Diriamba about 45 kilometers away from capital Managua. Since Sunday re remain demonstrating, government followers are readjusting m. The bishops had travelled from Managua to take a picture of situation. Doctors were also on site as volunteers.

In attack, among or things, auxiliary bishop of Managua, Silvio Báez, and a reporter of TV channel Canal 15 were injured. "What we bishops have suffered, however, is nothing compared to what people of Nicaragua have suffered in past few days," said Báez.

"With its oppression, government has exceeded all limits of imaginable. These are criminals, "said Azáhalea Solís of opposition movement Alianza Civic. The regional Director of Human rights organization Amnesty International, Erika Guevara-Rosas, also condemned attack.

The riots in Nicaragua had begun in mid-April, when police brutalized demonstrations against planned social reforms. These included, among or things, pension cuts. Since n, protests have spread throughout country. Meanwhile, demonstrators are calling for resignation of Ortega, an end to violence and a free press.

Around 250 people killed

Around 250 people were already killed and almost 2,000 more injured. The government speaks of 47 deaths. On Sunday alone, at least twelve people should have been killed. Among victims were also two policemen. "Holy God. So much death, so much pain. Stop this barbarism, "tweeted Bishop of Matagalpa, Rolando Alvarez. The Catholic Church mediates in conflict in country. After violence of Sunday, Bishops challenge continuation of ir mediation efforts.

The Vice-president and wife of president, Rosario Murillo, said after recent clashes that government will continue to "work hard to prevent a coup attempt by an antipatriotic minority". Early elections, as demanded by opposition, is rejected by President Ortega. "We can't change rules from one day to or because it's just a group of putschists," Ortega said.

Updated Date: 10 July 2018, 12:02

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