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  • A protester on the Pan-American highway during a protest against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in Jinotepe, July 5.

    A protester on the Pan-American highway during a protest against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in Jinotepe, July 5. | Photo: Reuters

Published 5 July 2018

Roberto Castillo was killed and his body dumped in garbage just 10 days after his son, Christopher Castillo, was murdered by right-wing assassins.

The father of a young man assassinated two weeks ago in Nicaragua was himself murdered and his body found in a pile of garbage in a neighborhood in Jinotepe on Thursday.

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On June 25, 23-year-old Christopher Castillo was killed by hooded, right-wing assassins. Ten days later, his father, Roberto Castillo, was found dead on a back street.

Shortly after his son was shot to death, Roberto published a video on social media asking for justice for the murder: "My son was killed this morning by the bullets of right-wing hooded gang members," he said.

"All I ask is justice so that peace reigns and all of our kids don't die and that human rights organizations and authorities take into account these injustices so that they don’t continue. I hope that God guides my country, Nicaragua."

According to national media, Christopher's brother, Ferson Santiago Castillo Rosales, is a militant Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) member of the Sandinista Youth (JS). Roberto Castillo was an employee of the Jinotepe municipality.

Jinotepe has been the site of several right-wing paramilitaries killings of those aligned with Daniel Ortega's government.

Since protests broke out in mid-April, the country has been thrust into unprecedented socio-political turmoil. So far, over 150 people have been killed after the peaceful protests against social security reforms were co-opted by right-wing factions looking to oust left-leaning Ortega.    

On July 2, the European Committee of Solidarity, along with the FSLN, released a statement denouncing the opposition's interference in Nicaragua's national peace dialogue.

"Nicaragua's coup-plotting right-wing has used the reforms as an excuse to generate violence, destabilization and finally the overthrowing of the Sandinista government," the release said. 

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