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26 Dec 2018 | 10:01 AM UTC

Nicaragua: Paramilitary operation in Jinotega department Dec. 25 /update 56

Nicaragua News Alert

Pro-government paramilitary operation in Jinotega December 25

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/25/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/29/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Managua). COUNTRY/REGION Nicaragua


Pro-government armed groups launched a paramilitary operation against anti-government protesters in the Jinotega department on Tuesday, December 25. According to local sources, security operations took place in the towns of Wiwili, Pantasma, Wamblan and Kilambe. Further related operations are likely in the coming days. Clashes cannot be ruled out.


Nicaragua has experienced widespread unrest since April 2018 amid calls for President Ortega to step down. The movement has led to frequent protests, deadly clashes, and other violence. Activists accuse the government and pro-government militias of committing serious human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, using weapons of war against protesters, kidnappings, arbitrary detentions, torture, excessive use of force, raiding homes without a warrant, and attacking the press.


Individuals in Nicaragua, particularly Managua, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid any public gatherings due to the risk of violence and arrest, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and home governments, and anticipate associated disruptions, including businesses, services, and transportation, during the strike.


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