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Montevideo, July 23rd 2018 - 08:06 UTC

Tag: Nicaragua protests

  • Wednesday, July 18th 2018 - 07:12 UTC

    Ortega determined to quell rebellious Masaya by Thursday, Sandinista Liberation Day

    In the late 1970s, Masaya Monimbo's residents rose up against dictator Anastasio Somoza (Picture) as part of the Nicaraguan Revolution led in part by Ortega himself

    Nicaraguan national police and armed pro-government civilians laid siege to a symbolically important neighborhood that has recently become a center of resistance to President Daniel Ortega's government. Government forces began advancing on the Monimbo neighborhood in the city of Masaya before dawn Tuesday.

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  • Tuesday, July 17th 2018 - 09:49 UTC

    Nicaragua: UN Secretary General deplores and condemns violence against civilians

    Anti-government demonstrators have been demanding that President Daniel Ortega step down. More than 320 civilians have been killed since protests started

    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday deplored and condemned the ongoing violence against civilians, including against students, in Nicaragua.Speaking on behalf of Mr. Guterres at the UN Headquarters, Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters that “the use of lethal force is not only unacceptable but is also in itself an obstacle to obtaining a political solution to the current crisis”.

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  • Thursday, July 12th 2018 - 05:49 UTC

    Nicaragua unrest kills 264: Ortega and opposition face each other amid crisis

    The death toll in Nicaragua has risen to 264, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said.

    The Nicaraguan opposition will intensify its pressure against President Daniel Ortega on Thursday, with a demonstration and a general strike, but the government, in counteroffensive, prepares its revolutionary commemoration march towards Masaya, the most rebellious city in the country where at least 14 people died last weekend due a raid between pro-government paramilitary and protesters.

  • Tuesday, July 10th 2018 - 08:16 UTC

    Violence in Nicaragua leaves the dialogue in suspense

    In Diriamba, a hundred of hooded and armed supporters of the former Sandinist guerrilla assaulted Catholic leaders. EFE/Jorge Torres

    14 lives claimed the increase of violence in Nicaragua, which is about to break the the dialogue to resolve the crisis that left some 250 dead in almost three months of protests against President Daniel Ortega.

  • Wednesday, June 20th 2018 - 09:05 UTC

    Ortega's paramilitary groups on shooting spree against protestors; Church dialogue backed talks collapse

    Video images broadcast by local television showed police and para military groups shooting toward people at the roadblocks

    Three people were shot dead in the city of Masaya as security forces and para military groups tried to regain control of the area, a human rights group reported on Tuesday, the two-month anniversary of political unrest that has shaken Nicaragua.

  • Friday, June 15th 2018 - 16:21 UTC

    Nicaragua crisis: Many seek to flee the country

    As the crackdown progresses, the barrage of passport applications has increased markedly in the last two weeks.

    As the crisis worsens in Nicaragua, pressure on the part of society that demands the resignation of President Daniel Ortega remains. This generates that, in many cities like Masaya, the streets are blocked with more than 200 barricades while their neighbors organize to guarantee security and collect food for the protesters who are entrenched, resisting the paramilitary siege against the city. However, there has been an overflow of passport applications in recent weeks.

  • Saturday, June 2nd 2018 - 08:09 UTC

    Nicaragua's husband-wife team ready to fall: end of the road for the Ortegas

    The protests by now have left 90 people dead and almost a thousand injured. The great majority of victims are students, and others shot by the police

    By Gwynne Dyer (*) - From the Ceausescus in Romania (overthrown and shot 1989) to the Mugabes (removed in a non-violent military coup 2017), husband-and-wife teams running authoritarian regimes seem to have a particularly high casualty rate. And now it may be the turn of the Nicaraguan team: President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice-President Rosario Murillo.

  • Monday, May 21st 2018 - 08:42 UTC

    Nicaraguan truce on the cliff after claims police attacked and shot students

    In Managua, protesters carried Nicaraguan flags, banged pots and blew whistles to call on Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, to resign. (EFE/Bienvenido Velasco)

    Nicaraguans were back on the streets in their thousands on Sunday to protest what they called a government breach of a two-day truce agreed during Church-mediated peace talks. Students at a university in northeastern Managua claim police attacked them during a demonstration outside the campus on Saturday night in which four students were shot and injured.