Nicaragua releases 50 prisoners to house arrest

  • Prisoner Franklin Perez, 29, strikes a pose showing off his tattoos, one dedicated to his mother, the other to his deceased daughter, in his home after he was released to house arrest, in Managua, Nicaragua, Friday, April 5, 2019. Perez is among the 50 people released Friday who had been jailed for protesting against President Daniel Ortega’s government. However charges were not dropped against the demonstrators. Instead they were for the most part transferred to a form of house arrest, short of the unrestricted freedom that the opposition has demanded. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

  • Franklin Perez, 29, wearing a solid blue jersey, poses with his family in their home, after he was released to house arrest, in Managua, Nicaragua, Friday, April 5, 2019. Perez is among the 50 people released Friday who had been jailed for protesting against President Daniel Ortega’s government. However charges were not dropped against the demonstrators. Instead they were for the most part transferred to a form of house arrest, short of the unrestricted freedom that the opposition has demanded. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

  • Prisoner Franklin Perez, 29, hugs his son and his mother Lidia in his home after he was released to house arrest, in Managua, Nicaragua, Friday, April 5, 2019. Perez is among the 50 people released Friday who had been jailed for protesting against President Daniel Ortega’s government. However charges were not dropped against the demonstrators. Instead they were for the most part transferred to a form of house arrest, short of the unrestricted freedom that the opposition has demanded. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Nicaragua on Friday released another 50 people jailed for protesting against President Daniel Ortega’s government, bringing the number freed since late February to about 200 in a unilateral action separate from a broader deal covering hundreds considered political prisoners.

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