Nicaragua violence leaves 15 dead

Protests in Nicaragua

Protests in Nicaragua

The incident killed 15 people, 218 people were injured.

A recent report issued by Amnesty International described the government strategy for containing protests as "shoot to kill".

The text, passed by 536 votes to 39, with 53 abstentions, denounces the decline in democracy and the rule of law in Nicaragua over the last decade, as well as increased corruption, often involving relatives of President Daniel Ortega.

"We demand that the State of Nicaragua cease immediately the repression and atrocious assassinations committed by members of the National Police and forces of government", the center says in a statement.

The "Mothers of April" Movement condemned the massacre that occurred during the peaceful Mother's Day march of May 30th, which left many more Nicaraguan families in mourning.

Protests began in mid-April in response to changes to the social security system, but expanded to call for Ortega's exit.

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The Church in the country has been quick to acknowledge the protestors' complaints and to attempt to mediate peace with the government.

"(We) condemn all of these acts of repression on the part of groups close to the government and we want to leave it clear the national dialogue talks can not continue while the Nicaraguan people continue being denied their right to protest", the prelates said. Government officials blamed the opposition groups who are seeking to oust Ortega.

"The Ortega government must take immediate action to end this violence and protect the lives and rights of its citizens", he tweeted, while linking to a US State Department statement that called for an independent investigation into the deaths.

On Wednesday, mothers whose children died during anti-government protests had taken to the streets to protest the government's use of deadly force.

Deputy National Police director Francisco Diaz said "criminal groups" attacked a pro-government event in Managua "with firearms and mortars", leaving seven dead and 91 injured by gunfire, including 20 policemen.

The comments by Carlos Pellas, who controls the vast Grupo Pellas empire, came as a surprise as the powerful industrialist and other business leaders have traditionally supported Ortega. MEPs said he has remained in power thanks to the unlawful removal of the term limits enshrined in the Constitution, "in clear breach of the right to democratic elections".

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