Nicaragua frees more than 100 political prisoners under new amnesty law

Prisoners jailed for their role in anti-government protests were released Monday and Tuesday, including journalists and activists a year of anti-government protests while also protecting police and others who violently clamped down on the demonstrations. Fifty-six people arrested since the protests began were freed on Tuesday, a day after 50 others were released, bringing the number behind bars to around 80, down from hundreds previously. Those released on Tuesday included the campesino leaders Medardo Mairena and Pedro Mena, and the student leader Edwin Carcache. Miguel Mora and Luca Pineda Ubau, the director and the spokeswoman for the 100% Noticias television channel which was shut down by authorities in December, were also freed. Neighbors and friends gathered to receive the newly …