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Protests continue in Nicaragua as Ortega pulls back on reform plan

24 April 2018

Human rights groups have reported 25 people dying since the unrest began on April 18, including journalist Angel Gahona who was streaming via Facebook, reports the Guardian.

More than 10 people have died in days of protests against pension changes approved by the government of President Daniel Ortega on Wednesday.

"We call on the Nicaraguan authorities to ensure that there are prompt, thorough, independent and transparent investigations into these deaths", Ms. Throssel said in remarks posted on the Geneva-based United Nations rights office's website.

According to the U.S. State Department's new, four-tier system in which every country receives a travel advisory, with levels of advice ranging from one to four, Level 3 means to "reconsider travel".

Demonstrators waved blue and white Nicaraguan flags and chanted "President, get out!" as they rallied in several points around the capital of Managua. The State Department says it's also allowing USA government officials posted to Nicaragua to leave "on a case-by-case basis".

"The Ortega government has basically shut down a lot of the opposition, a lot of the independent civil society organizations as well as the free media", Mr. Kozak said.

According to ABC News, the overhaul was meant to support Nicaragua's troubled social security system by both reducing benefits and increasing taxes.

"Demonstrations typically elicit a strong response that has in the past included the use of tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and live ammunition against participants and occasionally have devolved into looting, vandalism, and acts of arson", officials said. On Sunday night, in an effort to calm the streets, Ortega said he had the welfare-overhaul initiative. A police officer was also shot in the head during deadly clashes in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua.

Protests continue in Nicaragua as Ortega pulls back on reform plan