Published: Tue, April 24, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

US Alleges 'excessive force' In Nicaragua

US Alleges 'excessive force' In Nicaragua

Both organizations confirmed that 25 people were killed in the protests, including minors, police officers and members of the Sandinista Youth, mobilized to support the government.

Speaking to tens of thousands of people during his Sunday address in St Peter's Square, Rome, Francis called for "an end to every form of violence" and asked people "to avoid the useless shedding of blood".

But top Nicaraguan business lobby COSEP has backed peaceful protests against the government, and said it would not enter talks with Mr Ortega to review the social security plan until he had ended police repression and restored freedom of expression. It increased pension contributions for workers and employers and reduced overall benefits by 5%.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega remained under pressure on Monday despite backing down on a contentious pension reform plan that triggered four days of violence in which 24 people were killed. Dozens of shops were looted in Managua, the capital of this Central American nation of 6 million. "You have woken the nation up".

"We stand firm. They will not wear us out".

The government approved the social security changes Wednesday in an effort to stop the widening deficit in the social security system. The kids do not even know the party that is manipulating them. The cause you have is one of social justice. The protests quickly spread nationwide, with scenes of massive rock throwing, burning barricades, tear gas and some gunfire. By Sunday, only one was still barred.

Luis Herrera, rector of the cathedral, said on Saturday that agents of the National Police went into the church's grounds "shooting their weapons", something the security force denied, despite evidence reported by journalists on the ground. The human rights group said the official government figure had not taken widespread violent clashes since then into account.

The European Union, the United States and the Vatican have voiced concern over the crackdown. However, a reporter was among those killed on Saturday, gunned down as he was doing a Facebook Live. "The central claim of the people is that they no longer want this government, there is a total rejection of this government", Nicaraguan sociologist Cirilo Oterno said. The suppression in oppose to the protesters was criticized by the Roman Catholic Conference of Bishops, Nicaragua.

It's calling for "broad?-based dialogue involving all sectors o?f society" and urges the government to allow an independent investigation into the deaths.

"The ability to buy food and gasoline may be limited and access to the Sandino airport in Managua may be blocked, while both the Government of Nicaragua and the USA embassy are limited in the assistance they can offer", the State Department said today in a press release.

"There are social sins that no human being can ignore", they wrote.

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