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Rights group: Nicaragua plans charges for detained activists


Added 11-17-19 10:22:01pm EST - “Authorities will file charges against a group of anti-government opposition activists, including 13 who were arrested for supporting protesters demanding freedom for people they consider political prisoners, a rights group said Sunday.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Rights group: Nicaragua plans charges for detained activists”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - Authorities will file charges against a group of anti-government opposition activists, including 13 who were arrested for supporting protesters demanding freedom for people they consider political prisoners, a rights group said Sunday.

María Oviedo, a lawyer with the Permanent Commission on Human Rights in Nicaragua, said charges would be formally presented Monday. There was no immediate word on what crime or crimes might be charged, or what sort of punishment the activists could face.

The 13 were detained Thursday when they tried to enter Masaya’s San Miguel church to deliver water to the hunger strikers. Police have maintained a tight cordon around the area, and water and electricity services have been cut.

Among those arrested is Belgian-Nicaraguan student Amay Coppens, who was imprisoned for nearly a year for taking part in anti-government protests in 2018.

Opposition leaders say Nicaragua is holding 138 political prisoners, after about 700 were released earlier this year.

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