A month after government's 'clean-up,' a Nicaraguan community mourns three dead
SUTIABA, Nicaragua – Father Victor Morales was awakened at 5 a.m. by the young men on the barricade outside his church. “They’re coming, father. They’re here,” they told him.What the community had been afraid of was happening.Father Morales cautiously looked down the street and saw scores of armed, hooded men flooding into Sutiaba, a suburb of the city of Leon, Nicaragua’s second largest city.On that day, July 5, the Nicaraguan police, with masked and armed paramilitary support, attacked Sutiaba. The “clean-up operation,” as the government called it, resulted in three dead among the parishioners of Father Morales’ St. Peter Church.