Nicaragua Reporter Angel Gahona Shot Dead During Facebook Live Broadcast Of Protests

A Nicaraguan journalist was shot dead as he broadcast live on Facebook during anti-government protests. Angel Gahona was reporting on unrest in the central American country of Nicaragua when shots rang out.The journalist fell to the ground  bleeding from the head, footage on Facebook Live showed. He was describing a damaged cash machine while videoing with his phone as a cameraman filmed behind him in the town of Bluefields on Saturday. The shot ended his commentary, sending Gahona tumbling down the steps in front of the building. He then lay prone as people screamed his name and rushed to help, the footage showed.Neither authorities in Managua, nor Lissett Guido, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross in Nicaragua, were immediately able to independently confirm details of the incident, which quickly spread onto national, international and social media. Nicaraguan media said Gahona, who was described as a journalist from the area, died from his injuries. It was not clear who had fired the shot. Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa quoted another journalist as saying only police and groups fighting the protesters were armed there.Before the incident, the Red Cross said at least six people had died since protests began on Wednesday against government plans to increase worker contributions and lower pensions, causing a crisis for President Daniel Ortega. Local human rights groups reported that as many as 25 people had died by Saturday. Guido of the Red Cross could not confirm any new total, saying only that she was aware of more deaths.Photo Credit: Getty


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