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Nicaragua releases dozens of prisoners ahead of talks

February 28, 2019 5:09 am

Dozens of Nicaraguans who were jailed for taking part in anti-government protests have been released, a human rights organisation says.

The number of those released is not yet clear but witnesses said minibuses with inmates had left a number of jails.

The move comes just hours before talks between the government and an umbrella opposition group are due to resume.

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The talks had stalled in June amid a crackdown on anti-government protests during which more than 300 people died.

The protests started in April and lasted for months before fizzling out after more than 700 people were arrested. Human rights group say more than 600 of those remain locked up.

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