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Fox News | Nicaragua releases 50 prisoners to house arrest

Author: Gabriela Selser
Image: Prisoner Franklin Perez, 29, hugs his son and his mother Lidia in his home after he was released to house arrest, in Managua, Nicaragua, Friday, April 5, 2019. Perez is among the 50 people released Friday who had been jailed for protesting against President Daniel Ortega’s government. However charges were not dropped against the demonstrators. Instead they were for the most part transferred to a form of house arrest, short of the unrestricted freedom that the opposition has demanded. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaragua on Friday released another 50 people jailed for protesting against President Daniel Ortega’s government, bringing the number freed since late February to about 200 in a unilateral action separate from a broader deal covering hundreds considered political prisoners.

However charges were not dropped against the demonstrators, who were accused of “disrupting the public order and attacking the peace in Nicaragua.” Instead they were for the most part transferred to a form of house arrest, short of the unrestricted freedom that the opposition has demanded in negotiations with government representatives.

“Being at home I feel free,” said freed student protester Franklin Rodrigo Artola García. “I feel happy to be with my mother, with my father, all my family. … And I am going to remain in the fight because Nicaragua must be free and it has to be one hundred percent pure, zero corruption, zero murderers.”

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