Nicaraguans have denounced an attack on members of the Managua community who were returning from commemorating the 123rd birth of revolutionary Augusto C. Sandino near the capital.
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According to the local media, a 19-year-old, Brayan Josue Garcia Rivera, was among those who were injured. Rivera reportedly received an injury to the back while 47-year-old Nolberto Francisco Blanco was wounded by a mortar to the face.
The attack took place near National Agrarian University (UNA) while the group was returning to the town of Tipitapa in Managua. The incident has taken place during a time when both the government and the opposition had decided to suspend hostilities, for two days, after the country became plagued by a series of violence for nearly a month.
Thousands of Sandinistas, gathered at Avenida de Bolívar a Chávez – near the old center of Managua – to mark the birth of national hero Augusto C. Sandino, urged for peace and dialogue for a better Nicaragua.
The UNA – along with other high-ranking officials, such as General Commissioner Francisco Díaz – denounced the attacks, and described it as "manipulation" by destabilizing groups to create anxiety among people.
"Here at the Agrarian University, we talked with the two wounded and also all the other students. Two other young people are being cared for in the hospital. They are fine, despite what's happened."