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Opposition Leaders Released After Demonstration Dispute

March 11, 1987

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) _ Police have released nine people arrested during a weekend demonstration marking International Women’s Day, a spokeswoman for an opposition coalition said Tuesday.

Miriam Arguello, vice president for the Nicaraguan Democratic Coordinate, said in an interview that the nine were released Monday night.

Police on Sunday broke up the demonstration and took the nine protesters into custody for disrespect and for holding the demonstration counter to regulations of the national state of emergency.

Reporters at the scene identified three of the people arrested as Julio Ramon Garcia Vilchez, vice president of the Social Christian Party; Gilberto Cuadra, president of the privately owned Nicaraguan Development Institute, and Maria Mimbreno, a youth leader of the Conservative Party.

Ms. Arguello said Duilio Baltodano, another leader of the Social Christian Party, had been in the group arrested and also was released.

Roger Cabezas Gomez, told journalists Sunday the arrests were made for ″lack of respect for authority.″

After Sunday Mass, about 200 people organized the demonstration outside the El Carmen Roman Catholic Church near downtown Managua in defiance of the state of emergency which restricts public assembly.

The emergency was first declared in March 1982 because of the war being waged by U.S.-supported government rebels against the leftist Sandinista government. It has been extended repeatedly.

The coordinate is a coalition of opposition political parties, labor and business groups.

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