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Nicaragua indigenous protests include kidnapping amid push by ranchers and loggers

Friday, March 2, 2012

An eastward push by Nicaraguan cattle ranchers, loggers, and farmers looking for cheap land has suddenly met an unexpected hurdle says an article published by the United Nations.

The country’s marginalized indigenous groups, who have populated the remote Caribbean “Mosquito Coast” long before Nicaragua was even a country, are taking a stand, and calling for respect of autonomy and indigenous rights to land.

Tensions over indigenous property rights have been heating to a slow boil for years, but finally shook the kettle February 9 when the indigenous Miskito community of Lapan rose up and captured 12 non-indigenous outsiders, including six volunteer policemen.

Source: Newsroom Panama