MANAGUA – At least one person was killed, five others injured and another 10 detained on Sunday during an anti-government march in Managua, where protesters demanded the release of those arrested in previous protests.
The march was dispersed by bullets fired by Sandinista supporters, according to the protesters, while the police said it was a “crossfire.”
The victim was identified as Max Andres Romero, 16, who, according to the police, died as a result of the “crossfire that they initiated themselves,” referring to the people participating in the march.
The death of the 16-year-old boy adds to hundreds of other deaths recorded in the protests against the administration of President Daniel Ortega since April.
The Nicaraguan police blamed the attack on “violent groups that had convened a so-called peaceful march,” a remark rejected by the organizers of the protest and the relatives of the victim.
The police, led by Francisco Diaz, Ortega’s co-father-in-law, said that these “violent groups” attacked families and their homes with firearms, handmade mortars and stones in neighborhoods located north of the capital.
The police added that it is carrying out an investigation to identify the people behind “this violent and terrorist march, as well as the perpetrators of these criminal acts.”
The organizers of the demonstration, called “We are the voice of the political prisoners,” reported that at least five people were injured as a result, according to their version, of an attack perpetrated by vigilantes and groups related to Ortega against those who participated in the march.
The organizers said the attack occurred when the march was advancing toward the neighborhood of Americas 3, north of Managua, and that it was carried out by Ortega supporters.
Among the injured was Nicaraguan journalist Wiston Postome, who was shot in his arm.
The demonstration began with a strong police presence and with protester shouting slogans in favor of the release of those arrested for protesting against the government – “The united people will never be defeated.”