A day of violent clashes took place in Leon, Nicaragua’s second largest city, as protesters claim that they were fired upon by snipers using assault rifles.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s police and armed militias have reportedly attacked protesters demanding the resignation of the socialist leader who has ruled the impoverished nation for much of the past four decades.

More than two months of demonstrations have left at least 285 dead in the bloodiest protests in the Central American nation since its civil war ended in 1990.

The charred remains of vehicles were seen blocking streets close to a police station in Leon, which now looks abandoned and desolate following the unrest.

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