Friends and family carry the coffin of Jose Esteban Sevilla Medina, who died after he was shot during an attack by the police and paramilitary forces in Monimbo.
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Forces loyal to Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega launched an attack on the opposition stronghold of Masaya Tuesday, as international calls mounted for an end to months of deadly violence in the impoverished Central American country.Ten days ago, at least 14 people died – four of them police or paramilitaries – after a raid by pro-government forces in the areas of Diriamba and Jinotepe, near Masaya.Last week, five people – four of them police officers – died in clashes between opposition supporters and police backed by paramilitaries in the southeast town of Morrito, while another operation by Ortega loyalists ended with at least 10 people dead – including four police – Sunday in Masaya.The opposition accuses 72-year-old Ortega of running an oppressive regime and has demanded he resign and that elections currently scheduled for 2021 be brought forward to next year.
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