Massive Anti-government Protests in Nicaragua

Screenshot of a Nicaraguan protests photo shared by Twitter user @ieromess
Screenshot of a Nicaraguan protests photo shared by Twitter user @ieromess

After days of deadly unrest that claimed more than 25 lives, dozens of student-protesters have been released by the Nicaraguan police.

The Nicaraguan police arrested many protesters including students following a massive anti-government protest in Nicaragua.

The Nicaraguan police said the detainees had been handed over to the relatives in six Nicaraguan cities.

The released students have accused the police of heavy torture under detention.

Massive protests erupted in Nicaragua following a controversial reform of the social security system in Nicaragua.

The protests against the social security system turned into a massive demonstration against President Daniel Ortega’s rule who is often accused of nepotism.

His wife is the vice president of Nicaragua and his opposition accuses them of undermining democratic institutions.

Initially, the Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega labeled the protesters as vampires. But he softened his tone on Tuesday when he said there was faith that Nicaragua was “going to go forward united.”

The United States has denounced the violence, torture, and killing of mass people.

The White House Press Secretary said in a statement that the “political violence by police and pro-government thugs against the people of Nicaragua, particularly university students, has shocked the democratic international community.”

The statement added that “the United States condemns the violence and repression propagated by the Government of Nicaragua and any closing of media.”

The international community including the U.S. has urged for dialogues to resolve the crisis in Nicaragua.

Meanwhile, the cardinal Leopoldo Brenes called on Nicaraguans, as well as the government to “avoid all acts of violence, disrespectful of public and private property.”

The softening tone of the Nicaraguan President and the subsequent releases of the detainees, however, signals the regime’s disposition for dialogues and negotiations.

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