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Ortega Weekend Siege on Nicaragua Church Ends with 2 Dead, Dozens Injured

Ortega Weekend Siege on Nicaragua Church Ends with 2 Dead, Dozens Injured

Authorities reunited the more than 200 students who safely escaped the ordeal with their families on Saturday, AP reported Monday, explaining:

Several operation-linked attacks that day attributed to paramilitary forces, and the national police loyal to Ortega, left ten people dead, including six civilians and four anti-riot police officers, the newspaper noted, citing the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights (ANPDH).

On Tuesday, the United Nations human rights office condemned the law against so-called terrorism approved by the Parliament of Nicaragua, arguing that it can potentially be used to criminalize peaceful protests.

Since the clashes between protesters and armed groups loyal to Ortega began on April 18 over now-rescinded public pensions reforms, the human rights group ANDPH reportedly believes confrontations have killed more than 350 people.

While pro-Ortega forces reportedly accuse the protestors of trying to stage “a coup d’etat” against the communist leader, human rights groups have blasted the Nicaraguan regime for using excessive force against the demonstrators.

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