MANAGUA, NICARAGUA — Jairo Bonilla was inside a Managua seminary last spring during a break in Catholic Church-mediated talks to try to end Nicaragua’s bloody political crisis when two fellow students approached him with a threat.
Jairo Bonilla, wearing a #WeAren’tCriminals T-shirt, gives an interview at a safe house in Nicaragua, July 28, 2018. The 20-year-old, a leader of student protests against President Daniel Ortega’s government, is in hiding, trying to ignore the threats that come regularly on Facebook and in menacing text messages.
“You’re going to pay,” warned one of them, Leonel Morales, the president of the government-backed student union at Nicaragua Polytechnic University, where they both studied. “Your family is going to cry tears of blood.”
“You know where to find me,” Bonilla replied.
That was then.