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WorldNicaragua releases more prisoners after opposition demand

23:05  15 march  2019
23:05  15 march  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Nicaragua has been in a deep political crisis since President Daniel Ortega attempted social security reform last year, leading to massive protests. The opposition is calling for electoral reform and justice for those killed in the protests, but the most pressing demand is the release of prisoners , the

Nicaragua has released dozens of prisoners on Wednesday who were arrested during protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega, before long-awaited peace talks with the opposition , a human rights group said. Authorities gave no details about the releases , which were

Nicaragua releases more prisoners after opposition demand© Provided by AFP The government of Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega, in a file image, has released 50 political prisoners

Nicaragua on Friday released 50 prisoners held for taking part in anti-government protests, authorities said, giving a fresh impetus to peace talks on ending the country's long running political crisis.

Inmates were taken from La Modelo maximum security prison outside Managua aboard buses. Waiting family members said it was difficult to identify who was inside, or how many.

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Representatives of President Daniel Ortega and the opposition have begun talks aimed at resolving Nicaragua 's political crisis. One of the opposition 's primary demands has been for the government to release more than 700 people jailed during the demonstrations triggered last April over pension

MANAGUA, Nicaragua - The opposition Civic Alliance said Sunday that it will not return to talks with Nicaragua ’s government unless President Daniel Ortega’s administration makes goodwill gestures like freeing prisoners . The coalition of student, business and civic groups said in a statement that it was

The interior ministry said in a statement that 50 people had been released into house arrest.

A list of those released did not contain any key opposition figures.

The opposition alliance, which is demanding President Daniel Ortega hold early elections, had made a return to stalled talks conditional on the release of prisoners.

A first batch of around 100 were freed on February 27 at the start of the latest round of peace talks with a delegation from Ortega's leftist government.

Those talks were suspended for several days over opposition demands that others be released. They resumed on Thursday following government assurances of coming releases.

More than 700 people were detained during a deadly crackdown on protests that began last April and quickly grew into broad opposition to Ortega's iron-fisted rule.

The opposition accuses Ortega, a 73-year-old former Sandinista rebel leader, of running a corrupt, cruel and incompetent leftist dictatorship in the poor Central American country.

The crackdown left at least 325 people dead between April and October, while thousands of Nicaraguans fled the unrest.

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