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crisis in numbers

ANPDH, The Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights" has given their numbers from this crisis of 19 April - 25 June:

285 Dead

1500 Injured

156 Disappeared

72 Currently Detained

201 Liberated from being detained

Removal of barricades in various cities (which have been set up in protest to what is happening) began last week which caused more injuries and deaths. Six people wounded during the armed operation against a tranque (barricade) Estelí Tuesday night.

On Thursday, June 21 Masaya, just south of the capital Managua which has become a center point for violence, saw at least 9 more deaths. Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes and the papal nuncio in Nicaragua, Monsignor Waldemar Stanislaw, managed to get the chief of the Police to commit to stopping the repression that day so more would not die. The bishops said they had decided to go to Masaya “to avoid another massacre, give comfort and pray with our people”.

Friday, June 22 the OAS, the Organization of American States, met to 'analyze the situation in Nicaragua.' The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights read their reports and showed pictures and videos of the repression. They had over1000 testimonies documented from the time they spent in Nicaragua in May. Then each ambassador had time to speak. The overwhelming majority echoed the same, 'we condemn the violence in Nicaragua and urge it to stop immediately.' Except Nicaragua's foreign minister, Denis Moncada, who stated, "“Nicaragua completely rejects the IACHR report as it is subjective, prejudiced and entirely biased." “We reiterate that the repression of social movements and the arbitrary use of force are not state policies,” the foreign minister said. Venezuela shared the same sentiments.

On Nicaraguans Father's Day, June 24, at least four people, including a 14 month-old baby, were killed in Managua after security forces opened fire on protesters, activists say. Teyler Leonardo Lorío Navarrete, the 14-month old baby, was in his father’s arms when he was shot in the head as the mom said they were walking to her mother-in-laws house. The government denied it, blaming local criminals, the Nicaraguan Centre for Human Rights said.

Tuesday, the National Police is returning part of the vehicles that the United States Embassy in Managua donated, because the embassy requested the police institution to return or pay for the vehicles, as these are being used for repress the people of Nicaragua.

The ANPDH report of numbers came out Tuesday, June 26. The country still teetering on the very, shaky unknown as major tourist hotels and resorts shut down and the job losses around the country skyrocket. Just in the 2 months, the semi-paralyzed economy of Nicaragua accumulates losses estimated at more than 1.9 billion US dollars in tourism, construction, trade and finance, said economist Adolfo Acevedo in an interview. (*Havana Times)

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