Writing in The Atlantic, Tim Rogers examines the tumultuous events in Nicaragua, where a broad section of the population, led mainly by the youth population, is confronting Daniel Ortega’s government amid escalating levels of violence and repression.
The asymmetrical fighting has claimed the lives of at least 120 people, including one U.S. citizen, and injured more than 1,000, according to the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (known by its Spanish acronym cenidh). Most of the fatalities have reportedly been unarmed young people, including a 15-year-old shot in the neck for bringing water to student protesters. Hundreds more have been unlawfully detained, released days later with ghastly bruises and tales of cruelty behind bars. The ugliest day so far was May 30, Mother’s Day in Nicaragua, when AK-47–toting police indiscriminately opened fire on a peaceful march to honor the dead. As police sprayed the crowd with bullets, government sharpshooters positioned on the roof of the national baseball stadium went headhunting with sniper rifles. Before the sun rose, 16 more Nicaraguans were dead, and another 88 were injured. “This is a terrorist state,” the cenidh president Vilma Núñez told me. “Being a young person protesting here is a crime that’s punishable by death.”
Read the full story of this excellent report at The Atlantic.