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Migrants’ stories: Why they flee

Massive influxes of Central American families seeking asylum in the United States are overwhelming U.S. immigration facilities. The crisis along the U.S. southern border led directly to the forced resignation on April 7 of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, whom President Donald Trump believed ineffectively...

30,000 Nicaraguans Fled to Costa Rica In Six Months

The director of Costa Rica's immigration service, Raquel Vargas, said on Sunday that the number of Nicaraguans who have fled to Costa Rica in the past six months is of no less than 30,000. Vargas said they are seeking refuge from the violence and persecution...

Nicaragua Rights Group Anpdh Closes Offices After ‘Threats’

The Nicaraguan human rights group, the Asociación Nicaragüense Pro Derechos Humanos (Anpdh), that has been keeping the outside world abreast of the government’s deadly crackdown on anti-government protesters says it has been forced to close its offices. The Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights has closed...

Two tourists killed this weekend: in Tortuguero and Santa Teresa

Two tourists were killed this weekend on different beaches in Costa Rica: a Mexican woman in Santa Teresa, on the Pacific Coast and a Spanish woman in Tortuguero, on the Caribbean side. The Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) said that Maria Trinidad Mathus, 25 years...

Ortega opens possibility of referendum

President Daniel Ortega said in an interview with journalist Andrés Oppenheimer, for CNN en español, that he is willing to hold a referendum to ask people whether or not they want to hold elections in Nicaragua, as a way out of the sociopolitical crisis...

The Netherlands and Luxembourg suspend cooperation

The Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the first two governments that officially suspend cooperation projects in Nicaragua, after last Wednesday the Organization of American States (OAS) issued a resolution condemning the repression of the Nicaraguan population. The two countries announced...

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...

Nicaraguan Elderly Ready to Die in the Fight Against Daniel Ortega

MANAGUA – Marta Uceda, Manuel Mendo, Auxiliadora Cuellar – all Nicaraguans with one thing in common. They are grandparents ready to give their lives in the battle of the people against the government, in exchange for a better future for the youth of Nicaragua...

Nicaragua Unrest: What You Should Know

More than 170 people have died in Nicaragua since unrest began two months ago. Protesters have taken to the streets demanding President Daniel Ortega and his wife and vice-president, Rosario Murillo, step down. A framed photograph that shows Rosario Murillo, second from right, the first...

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...

135 Dead In 52 Days!

The number of people killed by violent protests against Daniel Ortega’s government rose to 135 this Friday, according to the Centro Nicaragüense de Derechos Humanos (CENIDH) – Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights. In a span of 48 hours, three were killed in Chinandega alone The most...

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...

Masaya Does Not Sleep and Does Not Want to Sleep

MASAYA, Nicaragua – There is something in Masaya’s air that makes sleeping seem like a waste of time, or a mistake. It is not the incessant rain that has fallen on this Nicaraguan city, which was the birthplace of the Sandinista movement and has now...

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...

Violence, Inequality Imposes ‘De Facto Limit’ on Poor Central America Communities

The University of Costa Rica (UCR) recently published a study entitled “Central America Torn,” which documented, through a survey, the reality of poor communities in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Roughly half of these young people between the ages of 14 and...

How the Sandinistas Lost The Youth of Nicaragua

By Cinthia Membreño, Slate.com – Children of the Revolution. In 2006, I voted for Daniel Ortega. I was 17 years old, a freshman in college, and strongly influenced by the stories my parents told me about the Sandinista Revolution he helped lead in the...

Anger toward Nicaraguan police grows after protester deaths

Nicaragua’s national police force has garnered international praise in recent years for reducing crime one of the lowest levels in Central America. But, with officers accused of attacking and killing demonstrators in the past five weeks of anti-government protests, it has quickly become one...

New Protests, Blockades In Nicaragua After Talks Suspended

MANAGUA – New demonstrations and more road blockades mainly in the north and central parts of Nicaragua erupted on Thursday, one day after the Episcopal Conference suspended the national dialogue, due to lack of advancement in the agenda. The Upoli university, one of the scenarios...

8 Murders In Less That 24 Hours!

Some of the most violent hours of the year were lived between the early hours of Wednesday and Thursday, in that lapse of less than hours there were 8 murders. The bloody scenes were spread across various parts of the country: Los Yoses, Goicoechea, Desamparados...

Ortega A No-Show. Protesters Refuse to Back Down.

MANAGUA – The crowds waited. The official and independent press waited. They had been called to the  Seminario La Fatima, just outside of Managua, for 8:00 a.m. to be let in by 9 am. It was now over 10 a.m. and nothing. Waiting on the...

Face To Face With Ortega: “We Have Put The Dead”

A young university student, Lesther Alemán, confronted the president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, for the violent repression against the people, and his opposition to the continuity of Ortega’s mandate. Student representative Lesther Aleman interrupts Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega, shouting that he must halt the repression,...

Hondurans March Against US Base After Trump Termination of TPS

Hundreds of people gathered in front of the U.S. embassy in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa Saturday to protest Washington's decision to cancel the Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which granted protection status to nearly 60,000 Honduran immigrants. The program protected nearly 56,000 Hondurans and offered respite...

Thousands Take Part In Renewed Anti-Ortega Rallies

Thousands of Nicaraguans have taken part in new anti-Ortega protests in Managua, Matagalpa, and Chinandega. Since Wednesday, wearing the blue and white of the Nicaragua flag, protesters held pictures of people reportedly killed in the first days of demonstrations last month. The unrest began on April...

Clashes in Masaya Leave One Dead and Fire in The Municipal Market

The clashes Saturday afternoon in the city of Masaya left a person dead and a young man wounded, an reported fire damage in the municipal market. Auner García, director general of the Nicaraguan Red Cross, said in a press conference that they have a report...

Nicaragua Establishes Truth Commission

Nicaraguan lawmakers on Sunday established a truth commission to investigate the deaths of at least 45 people who were killed during anti-government protests last month. The commission has three to months to investigate not only the deaths, but also those who were disappeared and tortured...

Violence Crisis: 202 Homicides In 4 Months!

The numbers aren't looking too good, this first four months of the year are going down in the books as the most violent. And if the trend continues, 2018 could easily top last year's record 603 murders. According to statistics published by the Organismo de...

Nicaragua: “There Are Decades Where Nothing Happens And There Are Weeks Where Decades Take Place”

“From now on the History of Nicaragua is decided by the people and nobody else,” was the resounding message of Monsignor Silvio José Báez, launched on Saturday during the gigantic march of repudiation against the massacre of fifty young Nicaraguans, has two direct recipients:...

Thousands People Join Anti-Government March in Nicaragua

Thousands in Nicaraguans marched through the capital Managua on Saturday in a mass demonstration to demand justice following a wave of protests and violence for more than 10 days, that an unofficial toll of more than 62 people dead. During the rally organized by the...

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