SAN JOSE (Reuters) – A Nicaraguan political activist who opposes the federal government of President Daniel Ortega is in important situation in a Costa Rica hospital after being shot, police and activists stated on Sunday.
Joao Maldonado, a widely known chief of demonstrations in 2018 in southwestern Nicaragua’s Jinotepe municipality, was shot twice in the chest and as soon as in the arm on Saturday night in Escazu, 10 km (6 miles) west of Costa Rica’s capital San Jose, a police spokeswoman stated.
Yefer Bravo of Unidad de Exiles Nicaraguan in Costa Rica stated Maldonado, 32, had been organizing a protest towards Ortega’s authorities for Sunday in San Jose. The demonstration went forward, however turnout was low.
A Nicaraguan authorities official didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Maldonado underwent emergency surgical procedure, his spouse Nadia Robleto stated.
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More than 80,000 Nicaraguans have requested refuge in neighboring Costa Rica for the reason that 2018 protests; numbers had elevated in the previous three months as Ortega’s authorities clamped down on opposition politicians and activists.
(Reporting by Alvaro Murillo in San Jose; Editing by Daniel Wallis)
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