Left Menu
Development News Edition

Nicaragua: US national killed in prison shooting, Washington demands probe

Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 17-05-2019 12:29 IST | Created: 17-05-2019 10:43 IST
Nicaragua: US national killed in prison shooting, Washington demands probe
The U.S. embassy in Nicaragua condemned the use of lethal force against Montes, calling him a political prisoner in a post on social media. Image Credit: ANI

The Nicaraguan government said on Thursday a man arrested in May last year during months of anti-government protests was killed in a shooting at the prison near Managua where he was being held. The prisoner, Eddy Montes, was a U.S. citizen, his cousin Paola Montenegro told Reuters after Nicaraguan media published photos of what appeared to be his U.S. passport.

The U.S. embassy in Nicaragua condemned the use of lethal force against Montes, calling him a political prisoner in a post on social media. It demanded that the circumstances of the incident are fully investigated. The Nicaraguan interior ministry had said in an earlier statement Montes had family who was of foreign nationality but gave no further detail.

Hundreds of people were killed and hundreds more detained in a crackdown on protests that were triggered in April last year by a social security reform but quickly swelled into a national call to oust President Daniel Ortega. Montes was part of a group of prisoners that tried to snatch a gun from a guard while the International Red Cross was visiting the prison, the interior ministry said. The guard acted in self-defence, it said.

Montes had been accused of attacking a police station during last year's protests. The Nicaraguan government has said it would release all people arrested during the protests as a step to restart dialogue with opposition groups. It said last month it had released more than 600 prisoners, but others remain in custody.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Rethinking Rural Livelihoods in the Times of COVID-19

The reverse migration caused by COVID 19 pandemic has put an additional burden of about one crore people on Indian villages particularly in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Bengal and Odisha. Besides increasing the risk of spreading the ...

‘Discounted Deaths’ and COVID 19: Anthropology of Death and Emotions

Death is a social event rather than the mere cessation of biological functions. As seen by anthropologists, death is not just physical but intensely social, cultural, and political....

Indigenous knowledge of communities a must for maximizing impact of community work

Generally, it has been observed that the majority of the academicians in higher education institutions neglect the wisdom of community people and throw their weight around thinking that they know everything and the community knows nothing. ...

In rebuking FBR, Pakistan’s courts take a stand for public health

The system, if implemented effectively, will allow Pakistans revenue service to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products and potentially add hundreds of millions of dollars to the states budget each year. ...

Videos

Latest News

No place for hate, racism in society: Satya Nadella

There is no place for hate and racism in the society, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said, asserting that empathy and shared understanding are a start, but more needs to be done. Nadellas remarks come in the wake of the custodial death of ...

Kentucky restaurateur killed, police chief fired amid protests

A popular black restaurateur was fatally shot in Kentucky early on Monday as police and National Guard troops fired weapons while dispersing a crowd protesting against police killings of African Americans. The chief of police in Louisville ...

Ravens owner Bisciotti pledges $1M toward social justice reform

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on Monday pledged 1 million for social justice reform in Baltimore. The Ravens said a committee of current and former players from the team will decide which programs receive contributions.Bisciotti said he is h...

Mexico president kicks off 'new normal' phase amid pandemic

Amid a pandemic and a brewing tropical storm, Mexico President Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador kicked off Mexicos return to a new normal Monday with his first road trip in two months as the nation began to gradually ease some virus-inspired restr...

Give Feedback