HAVANA TIMES – In an attempt to prevent reporting of the police violence against peaceful protestors the Ortega riot squads also attacked journalists trying to cover the protest march on Saturday, reports La Prensa.
French Press (AFP) reporter Luis Sequeira had his camera taken and smashed to pieces.
Among the arrested are: Max Jérez, Mildred Rayo, Luis Alfredo Vallejos, Azahalea Solís, Ana Margarita Vigil, Humberto Belli, Sandra Ramos, Mónica Baltodano, Víctor Corea, Rosalinda López Miranda, Helena Hendrix, Julieta Martínez, Jorge López, Jessica López, María José Castillo Salaverry y Virginia Anadir Castillo, reported La Prensa. See the preliminary list of 62 arrested here.
The reporters of different national and international media are held up at the LaFise bank building with dozens of threatening police patrols surrounding the building.
Early on Saturday, riot police were stationed all over the center of Managua threatening to attack or arrest anyone trying to take part in the march demanding the release of all the 700+ political prisoners.
People on the street carrying the Nicaraguan blue and white flag were being detained as anything with those colors is considered a terrorist act by Ortega and his wife and VP Rosario Murillo, punishable with up to 30 years in prison after circus trials.
One of those violently arrested on Saturday was former Sandinista guerrilla commander Monica Baltodano, whose brother Ricardo Baltodano, a history professor who also fought the Somoza dictatorship in the 1970s, has been imprisoned for months.