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Ortega attacks Masaya, the great bastion of resistance in Nicaragua

Between 1,500 and 2,000 armed persons, including military, police and shock forces loyal to the president, beset the city of Masaya

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Ortega attacks Masaya, the great bastion of resistance in Nicaragua

Daniel Ortega has started this Tuesday attack on great bastion of resistance in Nicaragua. The country has dawned with uncertainty of what will happen in Masaya, especially in indigenous neighborhood of Monimbó. The first reports suggested that between 1,500 and 2,000 armed persons, including army, police and paramilitaries under Ortega's orders, had blocked access to heroic city, located 35 kilometres from Managua, to begin siege of one of Places which had hirto been shown unmoved by forces loyal to president.

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Ortega's strategy is clear. Any hint of resistance must be eliminated by Thursday, when 39 years of Sandinista Revolution's triumph will be fulfilled. The anniversary coincides with time of regime's greatest crackdown on population, after almost three months of protests, which have left more than 300 dead. If weekend Ortega decided to attack National University of Managua (Unite), main bastion of student resistance, now was turn of Masaya.

"Attack Monimbó! The bullets are coming to parish Mary Magdalene, where priest is refugee. May Daniel Ortega Stop massacre! To people of Monimbó I beg you, save your lives! ", tweeted Silvio José Báez, auxiliary bishop of Managua around 8 am, announcing onset of attacks of which re is little constancy. The accesses to Masaya are blocked and information that arrives, most of m through social networks, is very confusing.

Masaya is considered capital of folklore of Nicaragua. Through its streets you can hear marimbas that are made by ir artisans and workshops hang masks that occupy dancers to dance ir famous black dance. This city is adored in this country for its culture and its long struggle of resistance. Already his neighbors had faced with courage against dictatorship Somoza, which in his moments of agony ordered to bomb it and since April has been erected in barricades against Daniel Ortega.

Attack Monimbó! The bullets are coming to parish Mary Magdalene, where priest is refugee. May Daniel Ortega Stop massacre! To people of Monimbó, I beg you, save your lives! @Almagro_OEA2015 @CIDH @PauloAbrao @AmbCTrujillo @USAmbNicaragua @OACNUDH

— Silvio José Báez (@silviojbaez) 17 July 2018

The epicenter of resistance is indigenous district of Monimbó, Barrio Bravo of Masaya. There have been organized small "commands" of vigilance that protect security of its inhabitants, people untamed who has always refused to be subjected. It is true that until three months ago this district declared a certain loyalty to Sandinista front, more for past of fight against dictatorship, but since beginning of repression of April-when protests began against Ortega-its neighbors rebelled against Regime.

Masaya even declared itself "free territory of Orteguismo" and its neighbours even spoke of creating a Junta of own government. The warning did not like anything to Ortega regime, which began a brutal siege against heroic city, which has already three months of resistance with dozens of dead fallen on its streets, one of m a man who defended a trench barely with a sling. Given this feat of bravery, Nicaraguan singer-songwriter Carlos Mejía Godoy wrote a new song to this barrio Bravo in which he expressed his gratitude: "Monimbó, I will always be with you."

The international community has intensified on Monday pressure on government of Nicaragua to stop repression and disarm paramilitaries after almost 300 dead for three months of protests demanding departure of power of President Daniel Ortega . The United States, 13 Latin American countries and Secretary General of UN, Antonio Guterres, asked executive of Ortega to end repression of demonstrations that since last April 18 flood streets of Central American country. Guterres cried for an immediate cessation of violence and dared to point out responsibility of President, at least indirectly.

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