Nicaragua - Clashes continue: young man from Salesian oratory dies

06 June 2018

(ANS - Granada) – Yesterday morning, June 5, at circa 5:30, clashes broke out between gangs and groups defending the city. The gangs are supported by the police. From that time on, a field battle began in the sector of the Xalteva, only a few hundred meters from the Salesian Don Bosco Institute in Granada.

At 7:45 am, prisoners of the Granada prison system were taken to the site and a barricade built and raised just one block away from the school. This obviously alarmed the parents of the students, who called their children home. All around mortar fire, gunshots and tear gas being exploded could be heard.

The young oratorian, José Maltez, 22, had left his home to observe the goings-on. "The boy died of a specific blow to the chest, according to a modus operandi used by the national police to 'render justice'  to the demonstrators," said a spokesperson for the "self-appointed" of Granada to the EFE agency.

Around noon, the field battle moved to the city's historical center. The gangs fought against people who tried to defend their shops and kiosks in the city's commercial center.

On the same day, presumed paramilitary forces and agents of the national police burned the Granada City Hall and attacked the inhabitants of the department. Local sources report that ammunition and gas canisters were stored inside.

Currently the clashes are taking place in the "Arroyo Carita" sector,"Sor Maria Romero" Street and at the municipal market. Even the historical center of the city is in full conflict. New and more violent attacks are expected in the night.

These acts of violence occur in the midst of a socio-political crisis in Nicaragua, 50 days on June 5, and have left at least 127 dead and over a thousand wounded, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH).


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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