Thursday, 13 Dec 2018

Almagro condemns acts of violence and calls for peace in Nicaragua

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, condemned today the recent events in Nicaragua, in which three people have been killed in the last hours.

In a statement from the General Secretariat of the OAS, the institution rejected “all kinds of violence” and the murders of civilians Richard Edmundo Pavón and Darwin Manuel Urbina, as well as of sub-inspector Hilton Rafael Manzanares.

In this sense, Almagro called for peace in the country, but also respect for institutions and demanded that the crimes committed be investigated.

In addition, the body that directs the Uruguayan former foreign minister reiterated the recognition of the “legitimate right” to peaceful protest and freedom of expression, always within the framework of the rule of law.

The statement came after Nicaragua began its third consecutive day of civic protests over Social Security reforms with all schools closed, after a long night of demonstrations and clashes that left at least those three dead.

The different manifestations of Managua and León, increasingly numerous and multitudinous, caused a contagious effect in various cities of the Central American country such as Masaya, Granada or Estelí and resulted in those three deaths and at least 33 injured, according to the Red Cross.

At the stroke of midnight the country’s vice president, Rosario Murillo, demanded the investigation of what happened and the punishment for those responsible for the deaths.

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