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Nicaraguan police storm anti-government stronghold

Pro-government supporters sit in a barricade after clashes with demonstrators in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, Nicaragua, July 17. Hundreds of police and supporters of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega stormed a major stronghold of anti-government protesters in a clash that lasted more than four hours, pitting hooded government loyalists bearing automatic weapons against youths wielding home-made mortars, and leaving the Monimbo suburb of Masaya city strewn with broken glass and shell casings.

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Pro-government supporters sit in a barricade after clashes with demonstrators in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, Nicaragua, July 17. Hundreds of police and supporters of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega stormed a major stronghold of...more

Pro-government supporters sit in a barricade after clashes with demonstrators in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, Nicaragua, July 17. Hundreds of police and supporters of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega stormed a major stronghold of anti-government protesters in a clash that lasted more than four hours, pitting hooded government loyalists bearing automatic weapons against youths wielding home-made mortars, and leaving the Monimbo suburb of Masaya city strewn with broken glass and shell casings. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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Members of Nicaragua's Special Forces patrol the streets after clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 17. 


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Members of Nicaragua's Special Forces patrol the streets after clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 17. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

Members of Nicaragua's Special Forces patrol the streets after clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 17. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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A pro-government supporter stands near a barricade after clashes with demonstrators in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 17. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A pro-government supporter stands near a barricade after clashes with demonstrators in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 17. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A pro-government supporter stands near a barricade after clashes with demonstrators in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 17. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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A pro-government supporter carries a paving stone after clashes with demonstrators in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 17. 

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A pro-government supporter carries a paving stone after clashes with demonstrators in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 17. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A pro-government supporter carries a paving stone after clashes with demonstrators in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 17. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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A pro-government supporter stands near a barricade after clashes with demonstrators in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 17. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A pro-government supporter stands near a barricade after clashes with demonstrators in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 17. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A pro-government supporter stands near a barricade after clashes with demonstrators in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 17. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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A tractor destroys a barricade after riot police clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 17. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A tractor destroys a barricade after riot police clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 17. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A tractor destroys a barricade after riot police clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 17. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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Members of Nicaragua's Special Forces patrol the streets after clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 17. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

Members of Nicaragua's Special Forces patrol the streets after clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 17. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

Members of Nicaragua's Special Forces patrol the streets after clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 17. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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A demonstrator throws a homemade device during the funeral service of Jose Esteban Sevilla Medina, who died during clashes with pro-government supporters in Monimbo,  July 16.

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A demonstrator throws a homemade device during the funeral service of Jose Esteban Sevilla Medina, who died during clashes with pro-government supporters in Monimbo, July 16. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A demonstrator throws a homemade device during the funeral service of Jose Esteban Sevilla Medina, who died during clashes with pro-government supporters in Monimbo, July 16. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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Relatives and friends take part in the funeral service of Jose Esteban Sevilla Medina, who died during clashes with pro-government supporters in Monimbo, July 16. 

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Relatives and friends take part in the funeral service of Jose Esteban Sevilla Medina, who died during clashes with pro-government supporters in Monimbo, July 16. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

Relatives and friends take part in the funeral service of Jose Esteban Sevilla Medina, who died during clashes with pro-government supporters in Monimbo, July 16. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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Demonstrators carry the casket of Jose Esteban Sevilla Medina, who died during clashes with pro-government supporters in Monimbo, July 16. 

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Demonstrators carry the casket of Jose Esteban Sevilla Medina, who died during clashes with pro-government supporters in Monimbo, July 16. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

Demonstrators carry the casket of Jose Esteban Sevilla Medina, who died during clashes with pro-government supporters in Monimbo, July 16. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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A demonstrator poses for a photo, as he takes part in the funeral service of Jose Esteban Sevilla Medina, who died during clashes with pro-government supporters in Monimbo, July 16.

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A demonstrator poses for a photo, as he takes part in the funeral service of Jose Esteban Sevilla Medina, who died during clashes with pro-government supporters in Monimbo, July 16. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A demonstrator poses for a photo, as he takes part in the funeral service of Jose Esteban Sevilla Medina, who died during clashes with pro-government supporters in Monimbo, July 16. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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Members of Nicaragua's Special Forces are seen next to a church during clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 13. 

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Members of Nicaragua's Special Forces are seen next to a church during clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 13. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

Members of Nicaragua's Special Forces are seen next to a church during clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 13. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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A member of Nicaragua's Special Forces stands guard during clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 13. 

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A member of Nicaragua's Special Forces stands guard during clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 13. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A member of Nicaragua's Special Forces stands guard during clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 13. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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A riot police officer runs during clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 13. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A riot police officer runs during clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 13. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A riot police officer runs during clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 13. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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A riot police officer runs during clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 13. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A riot police officer runs during clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 13. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A riot police officer runs during clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 13. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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Members of Nicaragua's Special Forces run during clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 13. 

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Members of Nicaragua's Special Forces run during clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 13. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

Members of Nicaragua's Special Forces run during clashes with anti-government protesters in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 13. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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A man carries a homemade bomb in front of a barricade in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 11.

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A man carries a homemade bomb in front of a barricade in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 11. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A man carries a homemade bomb in front of a barricade in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 11. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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A demonstrator poses for a photo next to a graffiti that reads 'Monimbo volcano of dignity' in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 11. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A demonstrator poses for a photo next to a graffiti that reads 'Monimbo volcano of dignity' in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 11. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A demonstrator poses for a photo next to a graffiti that reads 'Monimbo volcano of dignity' in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 11. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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A mannequin is seen behind a barricade in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 11. 

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A mannequin is seen behind a barricade in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 11. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A mannequin is seen behind a barricade in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 11. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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A demonstrator stands behind a barricade in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 6. 


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A demonstrator stands behind a barricade in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 6. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A demonstrator stands behind a barricade in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, July 6. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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