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Nicaragua in 2019: Time for Change?

Nine months into the Nicaraguan sociopolitical crisis, the country is looking at a difficult year ahead. It faces a government who has shut its doors to everything but repression. There are at least six trends that will impact political outcomes in Nicaragua in 2019. Their...

La Prensa runs blank front page in protest of Ortega regime

Nicaragua’s oldest and most-widely read newspaper, La Prensa, published its Friday edition with a blank front page in protest against what it says is the government’s withholding of ink, paper and other materials needed for its printing press since September. La Prensa circulated on Friday...

The Nica Exodus to Costa Rica

Since Daniel Ortega unleashed a brutal repression against the demonstrations demanding the end of his term, after eleven years of authoritarian rule, more than 30,000 Nicaraguans have fled the country to go to Costa Rica, confirmed immigration authorities in that neighboring country. Many of them...

Ortega’s Assault on Independent Television

“The order of the Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications and Postal Services (TELCOR) to broadcast the programming of the government’s Channel 6 on Channel 15, a relay channel of 100% Noticias, has the purpose to besiege and violate freedom of the press,” asserted Miguel Mora,...

Nicaragua accuses Costa Rica of ‘numerous deaths’ and ‘massive human rights violations’ during strike

As a distraction to the current situation in Nicaragua before the international stage, on Friday, the government of Daniel Ortega accused the Costa Rican government of "many dead" during the ongoing strike by public sector workers against the Plan Fiscal (tax reform) and incurring...

Public Employees in Nicaragua: “We’re Also Victims”

Carlos admits he’s on the wrong side, and he repeats this realization five times during our conversation. ”I know I’m on the wrong side: I know it, and my wife knows it. It makes me ashamed,” he states. Public workers are sent daily to th...

Nicaraguan Universities Are Expelling Students for Protesting Ortega

Students from Nicaraguan state universities are denouncing that they are being expelled from their institutions, and then turned over to the police and accused of terrorism for participating in the protests against the dictatorial regime of Daniel Ortega. Under Ortega universities have lost their autonomy...

ICE Worker One Of Two Suspects In Aggression Against The President

A long-time employee of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) and another from the Imprenta Nacional (National Printer), are suspected of committing an attack against president Carlos Alvarado, on his departure from the National Theater on Wednesday. Michael Soto, the Minister of Security, identified the...

Tourist Van Attacked During A Demonstration in Puntarenas (Photos & Video)

This video posted by Raul Gonzalez on Facebook is how a U.S. family visiting Costa Rica will remember their vacation in the land of "pura vida", my ass! In Puntarenas, in the area of Caldera, a minivan with a group of visitors, made up of...

An act that dishonors the country. Attack on the president unleashes strong repudiation.

There is no similar event in the recent history of Costa Rica, a President attacked by a riotous crowd of people, a crowd that appeared bent on violence. That was the scene this Wednesday morning, outside the Teatro Nacional, in downtown San Jose, when President...

Demonstrators Insult and Corner President Alvarado in Downtown San José

A group of protesters chased President Carlos Alvarado this morning, around 11 am, when he was leaving an urban mobility event at the National Theater in downtown San José. The president crossed the Plaza de la Cultura surrounded by bodyguards and police, while dozens of...

At The UN in New York, Nicaraguans Protest Against Ortega

Despite that Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega did not attend the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, hundreds of Nicaraguans and other supporters demonstrated in front of the  UN headquarters of the United Nations the resignation of Ortega, whom...

Demonstrators Camped Out Outside Home Of President of Legislative Assembly

The president of the Legislative Assembly, Carolina Hidalgo, was not a happy camper last night when a group of people demonstrated in front of her house in Trinidad de Alajuela. Hidalgo voiced her displesure on Twitter, saying "At this moment a group of people are...

‘They Tortured a U.S. Citizen’: Communist Repression Continues Against Students in Nicaragua

Marco Noel Novoa survived over a week of intense torture in a Nicaraguan prison, exacerbated by the communist regime knowing his status as a U.S. citizen and fearing he was working for the CIA. In remarks to Breitbart News this week, Novoa says the violence...

At least one killed on Sunday in Nicaragua as protest tensions flare up again

Police and supporters of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega clashed in Managua on Sunday with demonstrators calling for the release of people imprisoned during recent protests, leaving at least one person dead. Hundreds of protesters carrying Nicaragua’s blue and white flag massed in the eastern part...

Guatemala Independence Marked by Calls for Morales to Resign

As President Jimmy Morales gave a speech Friday night to celebrate Guatemala's 197 years of independence in the Constitution square, citizens chanted the slogan "Get Out! Get Out!" Annually on September 14, Guatemalans carry the fire of the independence in symbolic marches. This year, in...

Fishermen Demonstrate In Coastal Areas

National fishermen demonstrated once again on Tuesday, and their reason for the protest is the same: the few job opportunities before the ban on trawling. On this occasion, they warned that the movement is undefined and that the protest will not be concluded until the...

Uber Drivers Protest In Front of Government House To Request Regulation

Around 600 Uber drivers and drivers of other transport apps protested outside Casa Presidencial (Government House) on Tuesday, demanding the government for a law that regulates the 'irregular' transport. The drivers also demand the fines levied against some of them be suspended while the government...

Students learn the art of opposition in Nicaragua

Managua: Hector Saballos, a member of the underground student movement, sits at a table in a safe house planning how to deliver rice, beans and medicines to friends who are in hiding. His boots are stained with blood, and his finger is broken from...

Police prevent international press access in Masaya

This Saturday, police prevented the access of international journalists to the indigenous neighborhood of Monimbó, in the town of Masaya. Several cities organized antigovernment marches this Saturday, but the population that was prominent during the protests against the government was besieged by riot police, modifying...

It’s Time for the Costa Rican Government to Defend Uber

Rico's TICO BULL (OPINION) - Costa Rica can take a page from Spain's playbook as both countries struggle with the legitimacy of Uber (and Cabify in the case of Spain) against the taxi drivers. It wasn't too long after Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado taking...

Nicaragua protests claim another 10 lives: rights group

Nicaraguan police and paramilitary groups loyal to President Daniel Ortega killed at least 10 people on Sunday, a human rights association said, as the death toll from violent clashes in the country continues to rise. An anti-government protester takes part in a caravan of car...

Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega Rules Out Early Elections!

President Daniel Ortega on Saturday ruled out early elections. In a rally of his supporters, in Managua, came Ortega’s response to the demand made by bishops of the Episcopal Conference last month, demanded Ortega to call an election for March 2019, ahead of his...

U.S. Orders Non-emergency Personnel To Leave Nicaragua

The United States on Friday ordered all of its non-emergency personnel to leave Nicaragua and advised travelers to reconsider going to the country amid a wave of anti-government protests and violence. A State Department travel advisory that was updated Friday said U.S. government personnel in...

What did the Government commit to with the taxi drivers?

The Government on Wednesday night signed an agreement with the (formal) taxis following a day of protests, roadblocks and tortuguismo. Following are the ten points -eight by the Government and two of the taxi drivers to avoid further road protests. 1. To intensify controls on transport...

“Ortega Assassin!”: Ticos and Nicas Shout In San Jose Against The Violence in Nicaragua

The national anthem of Nicaragua, “Nicaragua, Nicaragüita”, rang out and a minute of silence was observed in honor of the deceased in the area of the Nicaragua embassy, in Barrio California, in San Jose. This was the final destination of the group of protesters against...

Nicaragua: International Reporters Attacked And Robbed In Sight Of Police

Arnaldo Arita and Jorge Cabrera, correspondents for the Reuters international news agency in Nicaragua, denounced the robbery and the aggressions suffered by hooded men and protected by the Policía Nacional (National Police), while covering the attack on the protesters who remained on the barricades...

Ortega Determined to Remain in Power To 2021

By Carlos Salinas, Yader Luna and Ivan Olivares (Confidencial) – On Thursday night, the campesino movement leader Francisca Ramirez issued a call to tighten the highway roadblocks and for a “citizens’ work stoppage all over the country. Her call followed the information that the...

Ortega, Bishops Talk But Fails To Reboot Dialogue

President Daniel Ortega on Thursday met with Nicaragua’s Catholic bishops to discuss reviving the stalled national dialogue to calm the political crisis and violence gripping the country. Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua read a statement to the press on the results...

Nicaragua Students In Washington To Ask For U.S. Support To Topple Ortega

University students have emerged as the most potent opponents to Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega and this week, three of them are visiting Washington to ask for help from U.S. President Donald Trump and Congress in toppling the autocratic leader. Nicaraguan student leader Zayda Hernández explains...

Nicaragua: 23 Dead In Four Days!

The violence in several cities of Nicaragua has become critical in recent days, and between Wednesday and Saturday, at least 23 people died due to repression and clashes between police, government-related groups, and protesters. Place where a young man died in Masaya Saturday.  Photo: Orlando...

Nicaragua Used ‘Lethal Strategy’ On Protesters: Amnesty International

Amnesty International issued a report Tuesday detailing the Nicaraguan government’s deadly response to recent protests that almost 90 people, many of them students, protesting in anti-government demonstrations since April. In “Shoot to Kill: Nicaragua’s Strategy to Repress Protest,” the human rights group documents the use...

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