Reuters: Pro-government supporters attack Catholic church in Nicaragua as tensions flare22 November 2019 | 03:03 | FOCUS News Agency
Footage posted on social media showed protesters pressing against the barricaded door of the San Juan Bautista parish church in the western city of Masaya. Parishioners had gathered for Mass, to be followed by a pilgrimage, in support of mothers in Masaya’s cathedral who are on a hunger strike.
The mothers are demanding the release of their children, detained by authorities for their part in anti-government protests.
Nicaragua’s churches have been transformed into political battlegrounds in recent weeks as protests continue to roil a country deeply divided over the leadership of Ortega, a former Marxist guerrilla who has waged a brutal crackdown on his opponents.
Both the Organization of American States and the United Nations raised alarms this week about human rights in Central America’s largest country, as protests have intensified.
At San Juan Bautista church, footage posted on social media showed parishioners and priests scrambling to hold back a group of Ortega supporters, pressing their bodies against the door and later stacking up pews to barricade the entrance.
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