Human rights defenders protest "political prisoners" in Nicaragua

Human rights defenders protest "political prisoners" in Nicaragua

(EFE) .- A group of human rights defenders and demonstrators in Nicaragua held a protest in Managua on Tuesday to demand the release of hundreds of "political prisoners", captured in the context of the sociopolitical crisis in the country.

Several dozens of activists, mostly members of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh), stood near the gate of the Judicial Complex of Managua to demand that the 552 and 558 "political prisoners" who are in Nicaragua's prisons be released. , according to humanitarian agencies.

The sit-in occurred while the peasant leaders Medardo Mairena and Pedro Mena, as well as two groups of university students, were tried behind closed doors inside the Judicial Complex, located in the north of Managua.

"Freedom for political prisoners!", "Right that does not defend itself is a right that is lost!" Were two of the slogans shouted by the activists.

According to humanitarian agencies, there are between 552 and 558 "political prisoners" who are in the prisons of Nicaragua

A strong contingent of riot police, superior in number, surrounded the demonstrators, who responded with the cry "Protest is a right, repressing is a crime!".

Although the sit-down took place peacefully, the agents stalked and created a moment of tension when they snatched a poster from the activists, which the president of Cenidh, Vilma Núñez, called "aggression" and "provocation to throw us prisoners, but not they got what they wanted. "

"They're not going to break us, it's our commitment to defending human rights, we're not going to back down," Núñez told reporters.

After the incident the protesters sang the anthem of Nicaragua and left the place shouting that "They will not shut us up!".

Peasants and students are not considered political prisoners by the Government but "terrorists" and "coup".

According to a report issued Monday by the Ministry of the Interior, there are 273 "terrorists" captured in the context of the crisis.

Peasants and students are not considered political prisoners by the Government but "terrorists" and "coup"

The figures of the Government and humanitarian agencies also differ in the number of deaths, since while the state data report 199 victims, human rights defenders estimate between 325 and 528.

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Acnudh) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) have blamed the government for "more than 300 deaths", as well as extrajudicial executions, torture, obstruction of medical care , arbitrary detentions, kidnappings and sexual violence, among other violations of Human Rights.

Ortega denies the responsibility and maintains that he suffers an attempt of "coup d'état".

The protests against Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, began on April 18 due to failed social security reforms and became a demand for resignation.

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