Amnesty International: Nicaragua Used “Lethal Strategy” on Protesters

(From UPI)

Amnesty International issued a report Tuesday detailing the Nicaraguan government’s deadly response to recent protests that killed more than 70 people in the Central American nation.

In “Shoot to Kill: Nicaragua’s Strategy to Repress Protest,” the human rights group documents the use of police force, alleged extrajudicial killings by armed, pro-government groups and the repression and condemnation of news media since April 18, when violence against protesters began.

“The Nicaraguan authorities have turned on their own people in a vicious, sustained and frequently lethal assault on their rights to life, freedom of expression and peaceful assembly,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International. “The government of President Ortega has then shamelessly tried to cover up these atrocities, violating the victims’ rights to truth, justice and reparation.”

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