Violence erupts in Nicaragua capital as police dismantle blockades | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Violence erupts in Nicaragua capital as police dismantle blockades

Armed anti-riot police and pro-government paramilitary attacked barricades manned by anti-government protesters in eastern Managua, plunging city neighborhoods in violence and chaos in an attempt to stamp out a two-month-old uprising against the government of President Daniel Ortega.

Cracks of gun fire resounded through the streets of the Nicaraguan capital as television footage showed turbulent scenes of armed security forces on foot and in trucks chasing young men away from street barricades.

Activists attempted to push them back by throwing rocks and setting off homemade mortars.

Silvio Jose Baez, an auxiliary bishop of Managua, urged residents to stay inside their homes.

"It is very dangerous because of the presence of violent gangs," he wrote on Twitter. "Don't risk life in vain."

Since the protests began April 18, 139 people have been killed in clashes with security forces and armed gangs loyal to President Daniel Ortega, according to the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights.

The fresh street battles come amid stalled efforts by the country's Roman Catholic bishops to revive negotiations aimed at calming the political crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope (and pray) that the Catholic bishops can ratchet tensions down, and discourse in the country become more civilized, but in reality, I cannot expect for much here; and this is because this violence has the fingerprints of US foreign policy all over it.

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