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Government Forces Try To Subdue Masaya, Six Dead

Nicaraguan police and pro-government paramilitaries moved to reassert control over the city of Masaya by force Tuesday. The city that had declared a breakaway government the day before, prompting clashes with protesters, resulting in the death of at least six people, according to human...

Nicaragua’s Paramilitary Groups Receive Orders “From The Highest Level”

President Daniel Ortega and his wife and vice-president, Rosario Murillo, are turning to paramilitary groups to suppress the civic rebellion – that began two months ago, on April 18 – because they are “cornered”, according to security experts. This pick-up truck used by the paramilitaries...

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...

Once a symbol of Somoza-era torture, Nicaragua prison holds protesters

MANAGUA (AFP) – For days, Maria Magdalena Saldana has hooked a gold chain encircling her waist to the gate bulwarking one of Nicaragua’s most notorious prisons. A mother demands the release of her son captured by police and paramilitaries and held at “El Chipote” prison...

Alleged Armed Attack By Police Left Seven Dead in Managua This Saturday Morning

Despite the surprise announcement Friday night of the consensus between the government and the Civil Alliance, this Saturday morning, in the barrio Carlos Marx, in Managua, an armed attack allegedly committed by police and armed civilians left at least seven people dead, including three...

There will be truth and justice

In a surprise announcement, Nicaragua’s influential Catholic bishops late Friday said the Daniel Ortega government, as demanded by the Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (Civic Alliance), agreed to invite “immediately” the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the United Nations High...

Daniel Ortega Would Accept Early Elections, But Without Leaving Power

The leader of the Anti-canal Campesino Movement (Movimiento Campesino Anticanal), Medardo Mairena, told La Prensa that he has received information from the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua, that president Daniel Ortega has agreed to hold early elections, but not resign his position. President Daniel Ortega Mairena...

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...

Nicaragua Violence Rages, Death Toll Climbs To 137

(AFP) Masaya, a city battling at the front lines of Nicaragua’s heated anti-government protests, once again became the scene of fierce street combat Saturday, with at least one man dying of a bullet wound to the heart, the head of a top rights group...

U.S. Advises Americans To Reconsider Travel to Nicaragua

The U.S. Department of State renewed its Travel Advisory for Nicaragua on June 8, 2018. The Department continues to advise travelers to reconsider travel to Nicaragua. This replaces the previous Travel Advisory issued on May 4, 2018. The full text of the new Travel Advisory...

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...

Granada, Nicaragua’s Main Tourist Destination In Chaos and Ruins Due to Clashes

The violence that has subjected Nicaragua since anti-government protests erupted in mid-April has spread to Granada, one of the country’s main tourism destinations. Granada on June 6, 2018. Photo END Two people were killed Tuesday, its city hall was also set on fire and some shops...

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...

For Many Mothers, “Mother’s Day” Today In Nicaragua Is For Crying Over Their Children Killed in The Clashes

Today is Mother’s Day in Nicaragua. While many mothers across the country live the day with the presence of their children, almost 90 will be crying. Like Demesia Aburto, who on Tuesday, cried over the body of her son in a celestial coffin, decorated...

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...

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...

Anit-Government Protests Have Hit The Heart Of Nicaragua’s Tourism

Granada, the heart of tourism in Nicaragua has stopped beating. Almost all tourists have fled Granada, leaving behind a desolate town that is called by many the “Paris of Central America”. The famous Granada road, where tourists came to eat, drink and listen to music,...

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...

Pressuring Nicaragua: U.S. Prepared To Take Action If Ortega Government Fails To Cooperate

The Trump administration is crafting a range of options, including potential sanctions, against the government of Nicaragua and President Daniel Ortega if it fails to properly address the concerns of student groups, church leaders and other civic players about increasing violence and political repression. “We’re...

National Dialogue At An Impasse, Talks Suspeded!

The National Dialogue between President Daniel Ortega’s administration, after the President failed to show personally in the second round of talks, and opposition and civic groups on resolving the more than a month of violence and unrest throughout the country, hit an impasse on...

Nicaragua Hears Demands for Ortega’s Exit and Early Elections

The University Coalition on Monday proposed the adoption of a “law to set the framework for transition and democracy”, with its first step the immediate destitution of Nicaraguan President, Daniel Ortega. (Ortega and Murillo) are going, they are going. End the repression, peace! Photo: Bienvenido...

Human Rights Commission Charges Serious Violations, 76 Deaths in Nicaragua

MANAGUA – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Monday condemned Nicaragua’s response to weeks of protests against President Daniel Ortega, criticising a crackdown that resulted in rights abuses including torture and possibly even murder. The IACHR charged on Monday that the material it...

National Dialogue Stuck On The Subject of Barricades

In its third session on Monday, the national dialogue only succeeded in approving the adoption of the recommendations of the IACHR to the State of Nicaragua. The private sector, university students during the dialogue on Monday The parties to the dialogue agreed to “scheduling a specific...

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,...

Tense Tv-faceoff. Protesters Confront Ortega In Televised Debate.

Nicaragua’s 72-year-old leader, Daniel Ortega, who previously ruled between 1979 and 1990, is a former leftist Sandinista guerrilla who helped overthrow the US-backed dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza, but who himself has become seen as dictatorial, faced a confrontation in the first national dialogue held...

Participants To The National Dialogue Left Disappointed

After the expected completion of the National Dialogue, the different reactions were immediate. One of them was the president of the Unión de Productores Agropecuarios de Nicaragua (UPANIC) -Union of Agricultural Producers of Nicaragua – Michael Healy, who pointed out that President Daniel Ortega...

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