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Nicaragua: Ortega Forces Attack Universities

One more student killed and at least 11 persons wounded is the preliminary result of an armed attack Thursday night on entrenched students at a university in Managua, said Víctor Cuadras, a spokesperson for the April 19th Student Movement (M19A).

Cuadras told dpa news that an 18-year-old student died Thursday night at the hospital where he had been taken after receiving a bullet impact during the attack on the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua (UPOLI).

The deceased, identified as Kevin Joel Valle, was one of the 12 people injured in the assault, which according to the students was executed by police and activists of the Sandinista Youth, an organization linked to the government of President Daniel Ortega.

Valle “died in a trench (in the vicinity of the Upoli) after gunmen shot him from a truck,” Cuadras said, adding that the university student was a member of the M19A.

After the attack on the Upoli and shortly before midnight, it was learned that riot police and Sandinista activists were allegedly heading to attack the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN), in the south of Managua, according to channel 15 TV (See below).

The same television station said that a second attack by unknown people against the Upoli occurred early Friday, but the information was not confirmed by the university students.

Cuadras said that about 80 students are entrenched in the Upoli since the protests against the government began in mid-April, and that around 70 more occupy the headquarters of the UNAN for three days, as a way to apply pressure against Ortega.

“The Government of Nicaragua has started a hunt against the students and the people who are supporting us,” said the university leader.

The attack against the Upoli occurred hours after Vice President Rosario Murillo announced that the Government is “ready” to attend a dialogue with civil society under the mediation of the Catholic Church, to supposedly resolve the crisis that the country is experiencing.

Cuadras reiterated that before any dialogue can take place the M19A demands the presence in Nicaragua of a mission of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to investigate the deaths that occurred during the April protests and warned that they will call a national work stoppage if the government does not authorize their entry into the country this Friday.

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