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Detentions of student leaders and other social activists have increased in Nicaragua as the government persists in its strategy of persecution and criminalization as a punishment against those taking part in nationwide protests.
The Nicaragua government’s persecution and criminalization strategy to clamp down those participating in the ongoing protests throughout the country deepened this week, with dozens of new detentions, including those of Amaya Coppens (23), a Nicaraguan-Belgian medical student leader, detained with Sergio Midence (30) in the city of Leon (Northwest) on 10 September. The police alleged in media outputs that they are responsible for acts of “terrorism”, “arson”, “assaults” and “illegal possession of firearms”, amongst other accusations. They have not yet been formally presented before a court.