Nicaragua: Rural Leaders Face Terrorism Charges without Legal Rights

The Nicaraguan State prosecutor has filed a formal accusation against Medardo Mairena, representative for the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy at the National Dialogue Table, and Pedro Mena, a rural leader. The two have been charged with the crimes of murder, terrorism, organized crime, kidnapping, aggravated burglary, damages to public property, hindering public services and damages.

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The Sad Sound of the Marimbas and a Mother Yelling Presente!

Gerald Vazquez Lopez’ shroud reflected on the one hand his passion for Nicaraguan folklore, and on the other his involvement in the university students’ struggle against Daniel Ortega’s government. The 23-year old was arrayed for his funeral in a traditional folkdance guayabera and a Panama hat. Under his chest he was wrapped in a Nicaraguan flag stained with blood.

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