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THE GOVERNMENT OF NICARAGUA TOOK CONTROL OF MASAYA AFTER AN INTENSE BOMBARDMENT

Managua, July 17 (EFE)- Today the Government of Nicaragua took control of the city of Masaya, about 30 kilometres from Managua, after an intense bombardment of more than 7 hours on the indigenous community of Monimbó that caused at least three killed, according to activists.

“Masaya fell, everything is in silent, the kids had to leave the trenches and leave, their weapons were too heavy”, a member of the Movement April 19 Masaya said to Efe.

The Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights (ANPDH) confirmed the death of a policeman, a child of 15 years and a woman who was on the sidewalk of his house.

The ANPDH considered that the number of deaths could be greater, but it is still not possible to enter the city because it remains surrounded by the “combined forces” of the government, made up of polices, riot polices, paramilitaries and armed groups related to President Daniel Ortega.

Monimbó, whose population was only defended with homemade mortars, was one of the communities that had opposed Ortega most since the social outbreak in April, which has caused at least 351 deaths.

“Masaya did not defeat you or fall, armed cowards who feel proud to kill innocents besieged you for two months, it was just a battle because the war and freedom will be won by Nicaragua. Thanks for being the heart of Nicaragua,” a inhabitant said in his networks social after the attack.

Simultaneously, the supporters of Ortega celebrated the attack and expressed their gratitude to the Nicaraguan Police.

The attack was launched a day after the head of the so-called “Operation Cleaning” in Masaya, Ramón Avellán, said they would comply with the orders of Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, “at whatever cost.”

“The voice of our president and the vice president, to clean up these blockades at the national level, and that request of the people of Monimbó, who is our Monimbó, who is still ours, and our Masaya, we will fulfill it at whatever cost” affirmed Avellán through government media.

Avellán kept his word despite requests from local humanitarian organizations, the European Union, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the apostolic nuncio Stanislaw Waldemar Sommertag, or Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, among others, to stop the attack.

“The people of Monimbó and Masaya have been massacred,” said a member of the April 19 Movement Masaya in an audio message.

Masaya, and especially Monimbó, was key in overthrowing the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza Debayle on July 19, 1979, and Ortega attacked this indigenous people “for fear that the same thing would happen on the same date,” said the president of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh), Vilma Núñez.

Nicaragua is going through the bloodiest sociopolitical crisis since the 1980s, also with Ortega as president.

The protests began on April 18 for failed social security reforms and became a demand for the president’s resignation, after eleven years in power, with accusations of abuse and corruption. EFE / PracticaEspañol

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Question 1
El texto trata sobre...
A
La toma de control del gobierno de Nicaragua sobre la ciudad de Masaya.
B
La crisis sociopolítica que sufre Nicaragua.
C
Las muertes tras el bombardeo a la ciudad de Masaya.
Question 2
El número de víctimas ya es definitivo.
A
No se cita.
B
Falso.
C
Verdadero.
Question 3
Monimbó...
A
Ninguna de las opciones propuestas.
B
fue una de las comunidades que más resistencia opuso.
C
apenas se resistió.
Question 4
Ramón Avellán afirmó no que tendrían límites al llevar a cabo la operación.
A
Verdadero.
B
No se cita.
C
Falso.
Question 5
Según el vídeo, la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos cree que...
A
No hay otras salidas a la crisis que sufre Nicaragua.
B
Hay otras salidas a la crisis que sufre Nicaragua.
C
Todavía no hay salidas a la crisis que sufre Nicaragua.
Question 6
Según el vídeo, el Departamento de Estado de EEUU dirigió su mensaje a...
A
presidente de Nicaragua.
B
la población de Masaya.
C
Ninguna de las propuestas.
Question 7
Las protestas contra Oterga comenzaron...
A
28 de abril.
B
8 de abril.
C
18 de abril.
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