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Nicaragua: president rules out elections, violence escalates Nicaragua: president rules out elections, violence escalates
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Pro-government groups left at least 100 dead in 2 months according to human rights watchdog  Pro-government groups left at least 100 dead in two months, according to human rights watchdog
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<strong>Nicaragua’s embattled president Daniel Ortega has attacked the “hate-sowing coup-mongers” he claimed were trying to topple him, and appeared to rule out early elections in a defiant public address, after opposition leaders prepared to increase pressure on the former revolutionary hero (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/08/nicaragua-president-daniel-ortega-attacks-coup-mongers-in-speech">The Guardian</a>).</strong> <strong>Nicaragua’s embattled president Daniel Ortega has attacked the “hate-sowing coup-mongers” he claimed were trying to topple him, and appeared to rule out early elections in a defiant public address, after opposition leaders prepared to increase pressure on the former revolutionary hero (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/08/nicaragua-president-daniel-ortega-attacks-coup-mongers-in-speech">The Guardian</a>).</strong>
Protesters in the Central American country -- who are demanding Ortega's resignation -- had barricaded roads in the areas of Diriamba and Jinotepe, 20 kilometers (13 miles) from the opposition bastion of Masaya (<a href="https://www.yahoo.com/news/three-dead-raid-nicaragua-pro-government-forces-rights-211812724.html">Yahoo</a>). Protesters in the Central American country -- who are demanding Ortega's resignation -- had barricaded roads in the areas of Diriamba and Jinotepe, 20 kilometers (13 miles) from the opposition bastion of Masaya (<a href="https://www.yahoo.com/news/three-dead-raid-nicaragua-pro-government-forces-rights-211812724.html">Yahoo</a>).
"This has been a horror. We have a minimum of 14 dead, but it could be more. That includes at least one anti-riot officer, one paramilitary member and two police officers," Vilma Núñez, president of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH), told AFP. "This has been a horror. We have a minimum of 14 dead, but it could be more. That includes at least one anti-riot officer, one paramilitary member and two police officers," Vilma Núñez, president of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH), told AFP.
"This looked like an occupation army. They wiped out all the barricades. There are more dead whose identities we have not been able to confirm. There are a lot of arrests and injuries. A disaster," she added. "This looked like an occupation army. They wiped out all the barricades. There are more dead whose identities we have not been able to confirm. There are a lot of arrests and injuries. A disaster," she added.
According to videos filmed by residents and posted on social media, heavily armed groups of men in black-hooded civilian clothes were seen Sunday 8 July in Masaya, demolishing the opposition barricades and entering the municipalities alongside police, who also surrounded the area (<a href="https://www.voanews.com/a/nicaragua-rights-group-14-dead-in-raid/4474563.html">VoA</a>). According to videos filmed by residents and posted on social media, heavily armed groups of men in black-hooded civilian clothes were seen Sunday 8 July in Masaya, demolishing the opposition barricades and entering the municipalities alongside police, who also surrounded the area (<a href="https://www.voanews.com/a/nicaragua-rights-group-14-dead-in-raid/4474563.html">VoA</a>).
Laura Dogu, U.S. ambassador to Nicaragua, said she's heard gunfire at her Managua home amid violence throughout the country in recent days, <a href="https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/07/09/US-Ambassador-to-Nicaragua-reports-gunfire-near-her-house/2481531110555/?spt=su">UPI</a> reported on July 9. Laura Dogu, U.S. ambassador to Nicaragua, said she's heard gunfire at her Managua home amid violence throughout the country in recent days, <a href="https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/07/09/US-Ambassador-to-Nicaragua-reports-gunfire-near-her-house/2481531110555/?spt=su">UPI</a> reported on July 9.
"Confirming there was gunfire near my house," Ms Dogu wrote on <a href="https://twitter.com/USAmbNicaragua/status/1016159493225316352">Twitter</a>. "My house was not targeted and I am ok. I am very concerned at reports of violence this weekend. I condemn the violence and my prayers are with all the victims and their families." "Confirming there was gunfire near my house," Ms Dogu wrote on <a href="https://twitter.com/USAmbNicaragua/status/1016159493225316352">Twitter</a>. "My house was not targeted and I am ok. I am very concerned at reports of violence this weekend. I condemn the violence and my prayers are with all the victims and their families."
Nicaragua is heading into its third month of nationwide unrest after protests against social security reforms in April turned into a movement against state violence and the Ortega administration after the government was accused of killing dozens of protesters. Since then, more than 300 people have been killed in violence across the country. Nicaragua is heading into its third month of nationwide unrest after protests against social security reforms in April turned into a movement against state violence and the Ortega administration after the government was accused of killing dozens of protesters. Since then, more than 300 people have been killed in violence across the country.
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