Managua - Seven members of a family, including three children, died today burned at their home in Managua by a fire caused in one of the bloodiest days in the context of protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega .

Two other men were killed and burned in broad daylight and on public roads near the same sector, in one of the bloodiest days of the socio-political disaster that Nicaragua has been going through since April 18 and which has already killed the life of 200 people , mostly civilians, according to humanitarian agencies.

The fire of a three-story house, where a mattress factory also operated, in the Carlos Marx neighborhood - east of Managua -, on whose authorship there are different versions, caused the death of seven members of a family, the adults burned in the place, while the minors, rescued by the Firemen, died in the sanatorium.

The versions about what happened differed between the neighbors. Thus, the compiled by the Approved Directorate of Fire, attached to the Executive, points to "hooded criminals" who threw Molotov cocktails into the house causing the fire.

Another version of relatives and neighbors indicate that police and para-police forces would have caused the fire because the family refused to loan the upper part for snipers and threatened to shoot them if they left the house while it was burning.

The Police informed that it has created a technical team with investigators and criminology experts to carry out proceedings to clarify the fact.

Later, unknown persons murdered and burned two men in the middle of the street, near where the fire occurred, according to the National Police.

The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh), one of the most important organizations in the country, said that the "para-police forces in complicity with the National Police" burned down that house and denounced that those responsible for the "massacre" also prevented the family Velásquez Pavón, "well-known merchants of the Carlos Marx neighborhood", left the building and "hindered" the help of his neighbors.

"The gravity of these events has shocked the Nicaraguan population, who see in the government's repressive apparatuses the threat to their lives and their security." This crime reveals an escalation of the brutal repression of the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, with tragic balance of more than 178 people killed so far, "said the agency.

"We ask the international community, international human rights bodies and especially the Office of the Rapporteur for the Rights of the Child of the United Nations and the Inter-American System to request the State of Nicaragua to adopt measures aimed at stopping this brutal repression" implored the Cenidh in the text.

During the resumption this Saturday of the national dialogue table, Bishop Rolando Álvarez of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua - mediator and witness of the dialogue - called for an immediate end to the repression, violence, threats, crimes and murders that have caused so much pain to Nicaraguan families. "This plenary table is flooded with pain," he said.

The government delegation, led by Foreign Minister Denis Moncada, who has blamed the population of all violent acts registered since last April 18, when the disaster began, read the communiqués of the Approved Directorate of Fire and the National Police about those facts.

For its part, the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy, formed by businessmen, members of civil society, peasants and academics, said it continued in dialogue "under protest" by the resurgence of violence and killings, according to one of its representatives, Michael Healy.

Healy asked the government to dismantle the vigilante groups, which he blamed for the death of the family burned. "There is enough evidence, they are in all social networks (...) They burned the house because they were not allowed to go up to the third floor to put snipers," he said.

The trade unionist and ally of the Government, José Espinoza, lamented that the dialogue table has not been able to stop the violence and that now even innocent children are paying with their lives.

"The authorities have a very big task and it is to clarify, prosecute and judge those responsible for these atrocious crimes that project the image of Nicaragua as a country of savages," Espinoza reproached.

The student leader Lesther Aleman sued the Executive for a "concrete response to the cessation of repression", because as they dialogue, deaths and violence continue.

"We have been clowns from all over the world, while the dialogue table is still bathed in blood," said Alemán, who at the beginning of the dialogue, a month ago, confronted President Ortega, and called him a murderer.

"We are becoming caínes, enemies of our own brothers," warned journalist and political analyst ally of the Government, Adolfo Pastran.

The peasant leader, Medardo Mairena, said that Ortega "has no capacity to govern" and pointed to the executive to be "the only responsible for this massacre in this country."

Nicaragua is mired in a sociopolitical disaster that according to humanitarian agencies has left between 178 to 200 dead, the bloodiest since the 1980s, when Ortega also generation president.

The protests against Ortega, who has been in power for years, and his wife and vice president, Rosario Murillo, began on April 18 for failed social security reforms, and became a demand for resignation with accusations of abuse and corruption.

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