MANAGUA – A verbal standoff between Sandinistas and their opponents during a march in Managua marked on Sunday a new day of the crisis which has gripped the Central American country since April and caused hundreds of deaths.
A group of Sandinistas showed up on Sunday at the beginning of a demonstration summoned by their opponents to demand the release of Nicaraguan political prisoners, leading to moments of tension amid insults and threats.
“Let there be no more dead, please, we want peace, you are our brothers,” one of the demonstrators said to the Sandinista group, which was escorted by dozens of National Police agents, according to EFE.
For their part, the Sandinistas refused to explain to the attending media why they were present at the protest, and refused to offer their views on the current situation in Nicaragua.
According to state media, a group of Sandinistas organized a motorcade in Managua and other cities in the interior part of the country to demand justice for the 198 victims of “coup terrorism,” a term used by the government when referring to its dissidents.
In the so-called “Great March of Balloons,” the anti-Sandinista demonstrators called for the immediate release of “political prisoners” who were arrested for opposing the government.