Land conflicts lead to deaths of tribal members in Nicaragua

Mourners gathered in Waspam, Nicaragua, on September 17, 2015, for the first day of a two-day wake for indigenous leader Mario Leman, who was killed amid land disputes in the territory of the Miskito Tribe. Photo by Elizabeth Romero / Twitter

Conflicts between tribal members, illegal settlers and police have turned deadly in Nicaragua.

At least nine people have died and 20 have been wounded this month, the Associated Press reported. The clashes are occurring in the territory of the the Miskito Tribe along the Caribbean coast.

The casualties include Mario Leman, the leader of the indigenous YATAMA organization. Hundreds of mourners have been gathering in the coastal town of Waspam for his wake funeral, the AP and La Prensa reported.

President Daniel Ortega blamed illegal land sales for contributing to the tensions, the AP reported.

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10 dead in land conflicts among Nicaragua settlers, Indians (AP 9/17)
Restos de líder indígena serán velados por dos días en Waspam (La Prensa 9/17)
Otro muerto por conflicto en Waspam (La Prensa 9/16)
Yatama condena ataques a indígenas (La Prensa 9/5)

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