Unrest Continues in Nicaragua as Protesters March on Managua
Unrest Continues in Nicaragua as Protesters March on Managua
UN joins Trump admin in slamming Nicaragua leftists
25 April, 2018, 08:45
On Sunday, footage from the capital city of Managua showed protestors tearing down a government monument to former Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, in another sign that the former socialist revolutionary is becoming a pariah symbol across Latin America. Demonstrators called for protesters jailed in the prior days to be released as well as an end to the Ortega government. The protests quickly spread nationwide, with scenes of massive rock throwing, burning barricades, tear gas and some gunfire. Dozens of shops were looted in the capital of the Central American nation of 6 million.
Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in the capital of Nicaragua demanding the resignation of President Daniel Ortega after days of demonstrations in which almost 30 were killed.
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There have been widespread demonstrations across the country since last Wednesday, April 18, prompted by President Ortega's plan to reform Nicaragua's social security system.
While Mr. Ortega said Sunday that he was withdrawing the proposed changes, the unrest has continued. A journalist covering the unrest was also killed.
The United Nations sharply criticized Nicaragua's leftist government over its heavy-handed crackdown on opposition protesters Tuesday - a day after the Trump administration began pulling USA diplomats from country amid unrest that has left dozens dead.
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Ortega's decree seemed to unleash pent-up frustrations that have always been brewing in Nicaragua, where the government has acted with a heavy hand in pushing the Ortega family's agenda while quelling protests, often violently and sometimes in tandem with government supporters.
On Monday, student protestors waving the Nicaraguan flag could be heard chanting "President, get out!", while also decrying security forces as murderers for their violent response against civilians.
Rights groups say dozens have died in protests and looting triggered by changes to the social security system. But he rejected demands to free detained protesters, withdraw the police and lift some censorship.
Police clashed with students bunkered down at the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua on Sunday night, and one died after being shot while five others were treated for injuries, Lissett Guido, a Red Cross spokeswoman, told Reuters by telephone on Monday.
Business groups called another protest for late Monday.
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