Journalist Among 25 Killed as Unrest Escalates in Nicaragua

(From The Guardian)

The death toll from anti-government protests in Nicaragua has risen to 25 and includes a journalist, amid accusations the national police are using live rounds to kill protesters.

According to human rights groups, 25 people have died, including one policeman, while 67 people have been shot by the police with live rounds or rubber bullets or beaten by Sandinista Youth and other pro-government groups. A further 43 people are reported to have “disappeared”.

The most serious charges are that snipers were placed in the national stadium to shoot at protesters holed up in Managua’s cathedral, who symbolically pulled down one of the massive brightly coloured metal Trees of Life erected in the capital by the vice-president, Rosario Murillo, the wife of the president, Daniel Ortega.

Late on Saturday, local media said the journalist, Angel Gahona, was shot and killed during a live broadcast from Bluefields, a town on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast.

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