Nicaragua Police End Church Siege after Day of Terror in Masaya

(From BBC News)

Police in Nicaragua have ended the siege of a church where opposition supporters had sought refuge after being attacked by riot police and pro-government militias.

Some 30 people who were inside the church were released after the local Catholic Church intervened. Doctors have been allowed to treat the injured inside the church in the city of Masaya. Two people have died.

More than 100 people have been killed in Nicaragua in six weeks of violence.

Monsignor Silvio José Báez, the auxiliary bishop of Managua, praised the local priest in Masaya, Edwing Roman, and a human rights lawyer and campaigner, Álvaro Leiva, for their efforts in negotiating with the authorities.

He urged President Daniel Ortega to end the crackdown on protests against his government.

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