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25 Jan 2015

Lindsay Fendt & AFP, The Tico Times (Costa Rica)

Opponents & journalists reportedly harassed & abused by police

“Journalists harassed, detained in latest chapter of Nicaragua canal saga”, 7 January 2015

Canal protesters aren’t the only ones clashing with police in Nicaragua…[J]ournalists…have been harassed, detained and even robbed by police... El Tule was one of the sites of recent violent protests by landowners who fear their properties will be seized and other canal opponents. Some were severely beaten and spent days in jail…[P]ressure..has been coupled with a glaring lack of transparency regarding many details of the massive project. Already weeks into initial construction, HKND has yet to release any of the required environmental or social impact assessments to the public...

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