Violence escalates in Nicaragua as president rules out elections

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Violence escalates in Nicaragua as president rules out elections Violence escalates in Nicaragua as president rules out elections
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Pro-government groups left at least 100 dead in two months, according to human rights watchdog Human rights watchdog describes latest attack on protesters as 'horror'
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<strong>Fourteen people are dead after the latest in rolling protests against Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega. Hundreds have died since the long-term leader<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nicaragua-protests/nicaragua-presidents-foes-stage-nationwide-strike-idUSKBN1JA347"> tried to cut welfare payments in April</a> (<em>Reuters</em>).</strong> <strong>Fourteen people are dead after the latest in rolling protests against Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega. Hundreds have died since the long-term leader<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nicaragua-protests/nicaragua-presidents-foes-stage-nationwide-strike-idUSKBN1JA347"> tried to cut welfare payments in April</a> (<em>Reuters</em>).</strong>
In the latest fatalities, protesters 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 (<em><a href="https://www.yahoo.com/news/three-dead-raid-nicaragua-pro-government-forces-rights-211812724.html">Yahoo</a></em>). In the latest fatalities, protesters 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 (<em><a href="https://www.yahoo.com/news/three-dead-raid-nicaragua-pro-government-forces-rights-211812724.html">Yahoo</a></em>).
Videos filmed by residents and posted on social media showed men in black-hooded civilian clothes were seen in Masaya, demolishing the opposition barricades and entering the municipalities alongside police, who also surrounded the area, on Sunday July 8 (<a href="https://www.voanews.com/a/nicaragua-rights-group-14-dead-in-raid/4474563.html">VoA</a>). Videos filmed by residents and posted on social media showed men in black-hooded civilian clothes were seen in Masaya, demolishing the opposition barricades and entering the municipalities alongside police, who also surrounded the area, on Sunday July 8 (<a href="https://www.voanews.com/a/nicaragua-rights-group-14-dead-in-raid/4474563.html">VoA</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 (<a href="https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/nicaragua-ortega-rules-elections-violence-continues-180709054247462.html"><em>Al-Jazeera</em></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 (<a href="https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/nicaragua-ortega-rules-elections-violence-continues-180709054247462.html"><em>Al-Jazeera</em></a>).
"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.
Earlier, Ortega made a defiant speech in the capital, Managua, in which he said “hate-sowing coup-mongers” were trying to topple him. He appeared to rule out early elections (<em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/08/nicaragua-president-daniel-ortega-attacks-coup-mongers-in-speech">The Guardian</a></em>). Earlier, Ortega made a defiant speech in the capital, Managua, in which he said “hate-sowing coup-mongers” were trying to topple him. He appeared to rule out early elections (<em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/08/nicaragua-president-daniel-ortega-attacks-coup-mongers-in-speech">The Guardian</a></em>).
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. Since then, more than 250 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. Since then, more than 250 people have been killed in violence across the country.
Ortega has been <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Ortega">president of the Central American country twice,</a> this time since 2007. Ortega has been <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Ortega">president of the Central American country twice,</a> this time since 2007.
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