1 injured, 14 arrested in Nicaragua's airport occupation

10:04, January 27, 2011      

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One policeman was injured and 14 people arrested on Wednesday during a clash between the police and protestors who tried to occupy the airport of Bilwi city, in the north of Nicaragua, a police spokeswoman said.

The protestors, who are former combatants of the indigenous group Yatama, demanded the certification of their land holding.

National Police spokeswoman (PN) Juana Lanzas said that some 80 former combatants of Yatama tried to occupy on Wednesday early morning the airport of Bilwi city, capital of the Autonomous Region of the North Atlantic (RAAN).The protestors used stones, bludgeons and home made bombs.

Lanzas said that the activities at the airport continued without problems.

Since two weeks ago, the protestors have occupied six public buildings in Bilwi demanding the enforcement of the agreements signed in 2010 for them to have their land holding certificated.

Source: Xinhua


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