Five Dead in Masaya In Saturday Clashes

A new confrontation between police and government anti-riot forces against demonstrators in the center of the city of Masaya, left five people dead, as confirmed by the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights (ANPDH).

Reports indicate that other injured people were transferred to hospitals.

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“Donald Ariel López Ruiz is one of the dead. He perished yesterday morning in the San Miguel church sector,” said Álvaro Leiva, secretary of the ANPDH, in Masaya. Eduardo José López Mendoza suffered two (bullet) impacts to his death was confirmed by Leiva last night. At the same time, he also reported that Junior Gaitán, 15 years old, Rigoberto Carballo García, 28 years old and a person not yet identified, also died in the clash.

Most disturbing is the denunciation by the parish priest of the San Miguel church in Masaya, Edwin Román, that a young man was executed by police next to the San Miguel parish. “He was arrested, he was helpless, but a woman official shot him in the chest,” he said.

The statement came after Roman and the ANPDH managed to manage to convince Major Ramón Avellán, deputy director of the National Police and who represents the Police in Masaya, to release of 21 people who on Saturday morning had been arrested and imprisoned in the Masaya police delegation.

However, Leiva indicated that the police presented a list of 11 people who were arrested and transferred to the El Chipote jail, including two people whose relatives had reported missing.

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Barricades continue. Father Roman explained that on Friday “all Masaya was organized in the center of the city and barricades were erected, Masaya did not sleep and the attacks began on Saturday at six in the morning at San Miguel Park. We were surrounded by riot police.”

The priest stressed that the violence was generated by the police. “The citizen’s protest was civically and peacefully without weapons and there was an excessive use of the force of the Police,” he said.

The population managed to maintain the barricades in the center of the city, on San Miguel Street, the scene of clashes between protesters and the Police, which has its delegation in this same perimeter.

The death toll has risen to more than 110 since the start of the protests on April 18.

Source (in Spanish): El Nuevo Diario

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