Catholic bishops on Saturday secured the release of dozens of Nicaraguan student protesters trapped overnight inside in a church under a hail of gunfire from armed pro-government supporters, who killed at least one person inside, a human rights group said.
After a week of political protest in Nicaragua, at least 38 people — and possibly over 60 — are dead. President Daniel Ortega, whose government once seemed unshakable, has emerged weakened in the face of protesters demanding his ouster.
Protests began last week after the government of President Daniel Ortega, a former leftist guerrilla leader whom critics accuse of trying to build a family dictatorship, launched a plan to overhaul the Central American country's welfare system.
In Nicaragua, abortion is illegal, even if a woman's life is at risk. But some abortion rights advocates claim the government is quietly turning a blind eye to certain abortions, including in the case of women infected with the Zika virus.
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