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Is Time Running Out For The Sandinista Hero?

Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has ordered an independent inquiry into the killings of dozens of anti-government demonstrators after the Catholic Church called for dialogue. Critics say Ortega, now 72-years-old and veteran leader of the Sandinista movement, is out of touch with the suffering of the...

National Dialogue Will Be On May 16, Announced The Episcopal Conference

The Conferencia Episcopal de Nicaragua (CEN) – Nicaraguan Bishops’ Conference – announced on Monday that the National Dialogue will be held on Wednesday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. in the auditorium of the Seminary of Our Lady of Fatima in Managua. “After listening to the...

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...

Nicaragua Army Says It WILL NOT Repress Protests

The Nicaraguan Army said Saturday it will not engage in acts of repression against civilians who have held anti-government protests since last month and called for a dialogue to help resolve the crisis in the country. “There is not a single soldier involved in acts...

Strange Message By Ortega Calls For End To Death and Destruction

After two continuous days of brutal repression in Masaya, where one person is reported killed and more than 150 injured, the FSLN supported Channel 4 broadcast a brief message by President Daniel Ortega calling “to an end to death and destruction”. The message to the...

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...

Evangelical Churches Of Nicaragua Call For Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo To Resign

Rosario Murillo and Daniel Ortega. The Apostolic Network of Nicaragua calls for the power couple to respect the will of the majority of the people and leave Nicaragua peacefully, because “the people of Nicaragua are no longer accepting their systems and policies.” The  Ministerio Red...

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...

Nicaragua: Remittances Could Alleviate Possible Blows To The Economy

Nicaragua received US$353 million of remittances in the first quarter of 2018, according to the Central Bank of Nicaragua (BCN), a 9.3% increase over the first quarter of 2017, when they totaled US$323.3 million. In January of this year, family remittances generated US$112.9 million (10.58%...

Sunday Clashes in Catarina and Niquinohomo, Masaya, Leave Several Wounded

Sunday night's attack on protesters in Catarina and Niquinohomo, after a day sit-in in Monimbó, Masaya, left several wounded. In Facebook Live broadcasts by several different witnesses to the events, protesters denounced the Sandinistas for allegedly attacking them with homemade mortars. The confrontation occurred at the...

The Violence Continues: Protesters Urge Justice for Dead, Ortega’s Resignation

NIQUINOHOMO, Nicaragua – The hometown of the national hero of Nicaragua Augusto C. Sandino, after whom the Sandinista movement was named, witnessed on Saturday hundreds of people who took to streets in resumed violence, to seek justice for the dozens of people who died...

Nicaragua and Losses in the Tourism Sector

Due to the crisis affecting the country, the tourist sector union estimates that hotels, hostels and restaurants are facing losses of around US$100 million. As a result of the social crisis that the country has been suffering from for two weeks, representatives from the National...

Rally Shows Daniel Ortega Still Has Lots Of Support

Managua, Nicaragua – Embattled Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, battered by two weeks of street protests so violent many of his political enemies are openly saying he’s lost control of his government, offered an impressive show of strength in rebuttal Monday, leading tens of thousands...

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:...

Nicaragua’s Unfinished Revolution Takes A New Turn

(Bloomberg) Whether brandishing a Kalashnikov or a stacked court, Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has proven especially resilient. The onetime guerrilla insurgent turned autocrat has endured turmoil, outsmarted opponents and coopted rivals to lock down four presidential mandates spread out across 38 years, marshal economic...

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...

Nicaraguan Students Agree to Dialogue with Gov’t

The April 19 University Movement accepted the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua’s invitation for a national peace dialogue with the government. Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega waves to supporters after voting in the municipal elections at a polling station in Managua, Nicaragua Nov. 5, 2017. | Photo:...

The International Community Dooms Nicaragua to Repeat Venezuelan Experience

In Venezuela, at least four processes of dialogue have taken place between the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro and the representatives of the Venezuelan official opposition in the last four years. All in vain. Unfruitful. Small victories for the regime. Achieving nothing for the society...

Catholic Church Agrees to Mediate following Violent Protests in Nicaragua

The Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua (ECN) agreed on Tuesday to be the mediator and witness of a dialogue proposed by the Daniel Ortega administration to overcome a crisis and ongoing demonstrations that have left at least 30 people dead and 428 injured, according to...

Dictatorship the underlying problem in Nicaragua riots, priest says

As violent clashes continue between security forces and anti-government protestors in Nicaragua, an eye witness has said the country’s underlying problem is the president’s authoritarian bent. President Daniel Ortega. File photo. Nicaraguans began protesting in the streets of Managua April 18 following the government’s announcement of...

Rioters Uproot Ortega’s ‘Trees of Life’

Nicaraguan protesters demanding President Daniel Ortega’s resignation have been taking their anger out on a pet project of his wife — giant steel sculptures scattered around Managua. The 17-meter (55 feet)-tall “Trees of Life” structures erected throughout the Nicaraguan capital were designed by Ortega’s wife...

Nicaraguans Continues On Edge

Nicaraguans, as they enter the seventh day of protests that have touched every corner of the country, continue on edge. The worst part is not knowing what is going to happen today or tomorrow. Much less of the future. In six days of protests at...

Safety Fears Force CONCACAF To Cancel Women’s U-17 Event In Nicaragua

North American Football (soccer) CONCACAF cancelled the remainder of its Women’s Under-17 Championship being staged in Nicaragua over safety concerns, said the US-based organization. File Photo On Sunday, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) said the event in Managua was being...

U.S. Orders Relatives of US Embassy Staff To Leave Nicaragua

The U.S. State Department has ordered the relatives of U.S. government employees based in Nicaragua to leave the country. In addition, services at the US embassy in the capital in Managua will be curtailed. The order comes after days of deadly rioting triggered by planned...

Is It Over? Daniel Ortega Announced The Revocation Of INSS Reforms

Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega announced this Sunday afternoon that the INSS board of directors revoked the reforms approved on April 16, which increased worker and employer contributions and reduced pensions by 5%, which generated a wave of protests and that left 27 people dead...

Nicaragua Reporter Killed During Facebook Live Report

Angel Gahona was reporting on damage at a bank in the Caribbean coast town of Bluefields when a bullet hit him during his Facebook Live newscast. In Friday’s incident in Bluefields, the footage shows Gahona describing a damaged cash machine before a shot rings out....

Ortega Government Accepts Dialogue Call After Protests

The government of Daniel Ortega, through its spokesperson, Vice-president and First Lady, Rosario Murillo, on Friday accepted a call for dialogue by the private sector to discuss a new set of social security measures, which have led to widespread protests and violence in the...

3 Dead, Dozens Injured in Nicaragua Protests

Tragedy. At least three people died last night during protests against reforms to the Nicaraguan Institute of Social Security (INSS), reported various media and the National Police. The Policía Nacional confirmed the death of one of their own, official Jilton Rafael Manzanares, 33, who was...

Social Security Protest March Leads To Clashes In Nicaragua (Photos)

A protest over social security changes in Nicaragua has led to clashes between opponents of the measure and government backers. Hundreds of activists, elderly people and others were demonstrating Wednesday in the capital of Managua when they were set upon by members of a pro-government...

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