Masaya under police siege

The Orteguista Police (PO) maintains the siege in the city of Masaya, through patrolling, raids, and searches in homes in different neighborhoods reports

The siege is constant in the streets Masaya. Photo: Hoy/ Uriel Molina

Keneth Martínez Gaitán, 29, was arrested Wednesday night and taken to the Directorate of Judicial Assistance, the infamous prison known as El Chipote, under an investigation process, according to his family.

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The population of Masaya, through social networks, reported more selective arrests in other neighborhoods.

Gabriela Ñurinda, wife of Keneth, said that the PO’s troops arrived at their home, in the historic district of Monimbó, around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. There were about fifteen officers.

Several of the agents were hooded and all carried weapons. The presence of the officers made Ñurinda nervous, though she assured that the police did not show violent behavior, there was no type of aggression.

After the arrest of Keneth, the agents returned to search the house and checked everything.

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“The only thing that police found suspicious was a Nicaraguan flag,” said Keneth’s wife. Her mother explained that the patriotic symbol (the flag) belonged to her deceased husband.

Ñurinda added she was asked by the official in charge to take her to her mother-in-law’s house, where officials then entered the house but does not know what went on inside.

Since July 17, when the PO along with paramilitaries took the historic district of Monimbó, the police presence has always been maintained in the city as well as the persecution against those that had participated in protests or ‘tranques” (roadblocks) against the Ortega-Murillo regime.

However, the arrests and the patrols have increased since the end of December, due to the detonations of explosives, similar to those used by the monimboseños to defend themselves from the constant police attacks.

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