Police deny two killed in Nicaragua canal protests

People protest burning tires against the inauguration of the works of an inter-oceanic canal in Rivas, Nicaragua on December 22, 2014An opposition leader and activist had said earlier two protesters were killed at the demonstration against the expropriation of land by Chinese firm Hong Kong Nicaragua Development Investment (HKND) to build a massive canal. At least 21 people were injured and 33 arrested in violence during a police eviction of protesters, police director Aminta Granera said at a conference. Protest leader Eduardo Montealegre had told AFP he saw the bodies of two people, but police blocked protesters from approaching them. Protests followed the inauguration of the canal on Monday by President Daniel Ortega and Chinese billionaire Wang Jing.

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