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Young anti-Ortega rebels pray July 15 in Managua, Nicaragua, before going on a caravan in support of the city of Masaya, which has been under attack by police and pro-Ortega paramilitary groups. (Juan Carlos/for The Washington Post)

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Young anti-Ortega rebels pray July 15 in Managua, Nicaragua, before going on a caravan in support of the city of Masaya, which has been under attack by police and pro-Ortega paramilitary groups. (Juan Carlos/for The Washington Post)

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The Washington Post


"THEY TOOK MY HUMANITY": PRO-GOVERNMENT PARAMILITARIES TERRORIZE NICARAGUAN PROTESTERS


MANAGUA, Nicaragua — When Nicaraguan paramilitaries stripped him naked and pushed him into a gravelike hole, Marco Noel Novoa assumed his life would end soon.

The 26-year-old student was an active participant in the protests of Nicaragua’s powerful president, Daniel Ortega. He helped occupy a university. He collected money for the opposition. And he was an American citizen — born in Macon, Ga. — in the middle of a conflict for which the State Department has denounced Ortega’s government and demanded an end to state-sponsored violence.


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Anti-Ortega rebels restore a cross that was taken down by pro-Ortega paramilitaries in July. Protests against Ortega began in April amid anger over social security reforms and frustrations that democracy has been eroded. (Juan Carlos/for The Washington Post)

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Anti-Ortega rebels restore a cross that was taken down by pro-Ortega paramilitaries in July. Protests against Ortega began in April amid anger over social security reforms and frustrations that democracy has been eroded. (Juan Carlos/for The Washington Post)

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This image/photograph is owned by Juan Carlos the photographer and is protected by copyright as well as all laws related to intellectual property rights. Unless permitted under written permission or licensed by Juan Carlos

A young anti-Ortega rebel prays in support of Masaya. So far, human rights groups estimate that as many as 450 people have been killed and over 2,800 have been injured since the protests began. (Juan Carlos/for The Washington Post)

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A young anti-Ortega rebel prays in support of Masaya. So far, human rights groups estimate that as many as 450 people have been killed and over 2,800 have been injured since the protests began. (Juan Carlos/for The Washington Post)

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