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Tension increases in Nicaragua on the fourth day of protests against Ortega's government

Nicaragua's human Rights Center figures in 30 deaths during clashes

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Tension increases in Nicaragua on the fourth day of protests against Ortega's government

The situation worsened in Nicaragua, on fourth day followed by protests against regime of Daniel Ortega. The Nicaraguan Centre for Human Rights, an independent government organization, already has 30 deaths. The executive keeps figure in 10. On Caribbean coast, journalist Ángel Gahona, from local newspaper "El Meridiano", a victim of a bullet in head, has been killed, according to local media reports. Silvio Báez, auxiliary bishop of Managua, has denounced country that rioters shot at Mansalvo against some 2,000 young people protesting in atrium of parish of Santiago, in Jinotepe, a city located 32 kilometers from Managua.

Protesters oppose Social security reform. The protests began Wednesday in capital, when hundreds of critics of government came toger in a mall. Among or things, Ortega's proposed reform reduces pensions by 5% and increases contributions of companies and workers to rescue Nicaraguan Social Security Institute (INSS). The government intends to raise 250 million dollars (203 million euros), but economists warn that reforms will hit businesses and result in unemployment.

Tension has escalated over days. This Saturday, government's response was given hours after Nicaragua's business leadership rejected president's dialogue and demanded a cessation of repression and respect for Nicaraguan's right to protest. Ortega ordered deployment of army in key cities in country, including capital, where military guarded public buildings, after Friday was burned official structures in various parts of Nicaragua.

On Saturday night, detonations were heard at various points in Managua, while population took off cobblestones from streets to build barricades to protect mselves from assault of rioters and collectives of FSLN. Thousands of capital showed up on Saturday afternoon singing national anm and breaking down "trees of life", metal monuments that are considered symbols of Ortega's power in Nicaragua. For third consecutive night, Cacerolazos were heard in capital. To older capital current situation of Managua – practically a ghost city – reminded m of what lived four decades ago, when y struggled calle a calla to overthrow Somoza dictatorship, which presseded Nicaragua for almost five decades.

Ortega – who had not given his face during crisis – appeared at noon on Saturday, local time, accompanied by head of army, Julio César Avilés, in a demonstration of strength that sought to crush any doubt of regime's power. The president criticized demonstrators compared with maras that bleed north of Central America and affirm that his only interlocutor to get out of crisis was private enterprise. Four hours later, business leaders rejected offer of dialogue with Ortega and demanded a cessation of repression. Which means a point of break in relations between businessmen and executive, which proves that commander is becoming more and more alone.

The official response was to unleash a wave of unprecedented violence. The number of ten dead was officially maintained, but civil organizations were already about twenty, including journalist from Bluefields, Ángel Gahona. Independent journalists had denounced that y had no guarantees to carry out ir work in Nicaragua. At least twelve reporters had been assaulted with violence until Saturday. Some of m also denounced ft of ir equipment.

Since last Wednesday, Nicaragua has been experiencing extraordinary popular manifestations that have already become a true rebellion against Ortega regime. The president tries to prove control of country, but protests have been spreading as a gunpowder magazine. Ortega seems empecinado to come to extreme solution: denying any negotiated solution and recrudecer repression. The commander seems to despise lessons of a past he was a part of.


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