Nicaraguan political activist shot in Costa Rica, in critical condition

SAN JOSE, Sept. 12 (Reuters) – A Nicaraguan political activist who opposes the government of President Daniel Ortega is in critical condition in a hospital in Costa Rica after it was shot, police and activists said: on Sunday.

Joao Maldonado, a well-known leader of demonstrations in 2018 in Jinotepe Municipality in southwestern Nicaragua, was shot twice in the chest and once in the arm on Saturday night in Escazu, 10 km (6 miles) west of Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, said a police spokeswoman.

Yefer Bravo of Unidad de Exiles Nicaraguan in Costa Rica said Maldonado, 32, had staged a protest against Ortegas government for Sunday in San Jose. The demonstration continued, but the turnout was low.

a Nicaraguan government official did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Maldonado underwent emergency surgery, his wife Nadia Robleto said.

More than 80,000 Nicaraguans have sought refuge in neighboring Costa Rica since the 2018 protests; number had increased in the past three months as Ortegas government clamped down on opposition politicians and activists.

Reporting by Alvaro Murillo in San Jose; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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