[73] The government and the Nicaraguan opposition agreed to a truce over the weekend, a month after having started demonstrations and protests. [49][122], The Inter-American Human Rights Commission received allegations about some families being forced by the government not to file complaints about the deaths of their family members, mistreatment of detainees and threats against human rights defenders in the Central American country. [168], From the early hours of 25 February 2020, the Nicaraguan Police kept all the entrances to Managua taken on the same day that the opposition to Daniel Ortega's regime plans to demonstrate to demand the release of political prisoners. [150], Several families claimed to have had their homes searched without a warrant from Nicaraguan Paramlitary and Police forces. The majority of those demonstrating do not see any negotiation without the results being Ortega's removal. [123] As of 4 April 2019, between 325 and 568 have died over the period of the protests. A group of policemen from the Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo regime, under the command of the León police chief, Fidel Domínguez, stole a motorcycle and a vehicle from Radio Darío collaborators in the hours of Saturday night, denounced the means of communication on their social networks. The Daniel Ortega regime granted a mega tax exemption to the Nicaraguan branch of New Fortress Energy, a US company that will develop a... TODAY NICARAGUA - An analysis of excess mortality presented during the National Medical Congress reveals that, as of August 31st, 7 569 people died... TODAY NICARAGUA - The Juventud Presidente (JP+) team shares the first images of the devastation caused by the mighty Category 5 Hurricane Iota that... TODAY NICARAGUA - At least twelve people died in a landslide in the Macizo Peñas Blancas, in the municipality of El Tuma-La Dalia, in... TODAY NICARAGUA - The regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo has left all the opposition mayoralties alone in the preparation and attention to... QCOSTARICA - Many streets in Nicaragua's capital city, Managua, were flooded this Tuesday afternoon, as Hurricane Iota lashes out on the country only two... TODAY NICARAGUA - The damage from Hurricane Iota in Nicaragua is beginning to be quantified: at least four dead and 48,000 evacuated. Nicaragua’s on-going human rights crisis can be resolved peacefully through dialogue, the UN’s top rights official said on Tuesday, before expressing concern about allegations of torture and murder of protesters involved in last year’s anti-Government demonstrations. Police and paramilitaries attacked the Rubén Darío University Campus (RURD) of the UNAN Managua on 13 July. [132], Anonymous Nicaragua, a group of the Anonymous movement, joined the protests against the government and launched Operación Nicaragua, or #OpNicaragua. If possible, verify the text with references provided in the foreign-language article. On behalf of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) and the Nicaraguan government itself, the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) began an investigation six months ago to clarify the first deaths. Men in plain clothes, hooded and some armed, first verbally offended the religious and then attacked them physically, wounding some of them, while the journalists robbed and beat. [55] The next day, elite troops of the Nicaraguan armed forces and police assaulted UPOLI in the early morning at about 01:00 CT, dispersing students stationed at the university. FILE - In this March 16, 2019 file photo, police detain protesters in Managua, Nicaragua. Users seek to generate actions of rejection in the face of the political crisis in the country and to remember the victims of the anti-government protests that emerged in 2018[193], A drunk man broke into a van in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Managua (Nicaragua), and destroyed part of its infrastructure; a fact that was condemned by the local Church, which asked the faithful for prayers.In a statement, the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Maria de Managua (Nicaragua) reported that on July 20 at dawn, a drunk man broke into a truck in the Cathedral Church and destroyed three interior doors, to then run away. [181][182][183][184], On July 20, 2020, while burying the murdered opponent, the house of some relatives of the deceased was burned by Nicaraguan social networks, and a campaign was raised to collect funds to meet the main basic needs of the family. The Rev. [126], Many protesters tortured have reported hearing both Cuban and Venezuelan accents in the clandestine prisons operated by the Nicaraguan government. [94] Leaving two students killed by Nicaraguan police and pro-government paramilitary forces had to go with the presence of Cardinal Brenes, the apostolic Nuncio accompanied by members of the national and international organizations to rescue the wounded and besieged. [67][68], After weeks of conflict, the National Dialogue began on 16 May 2018. Poverty levels in Nicaragua have regressed a decade, according to a household survey, prepared by the International Foundation for the Global Economic Challenge (Fideg). TODAY NICARAGUA - The regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo has left all the opposition mayoralties alone in the preparation and attention to... Read more. Subsequently, Verónica Chávez was released. Nicaragua News. The murder occurred on Sunday night in the city of Estelí, in the north of Nicaragua, when Jorge Rugama Rizo was outside his house and the Sandinista caravan passed, according to the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh) and the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights (ANPDH), which received complaints from the victim's relatives and witnesses to the event.The murder occurred on Sunday, July 19, the day of the Sandinista revolution, in the city of Estelí, in the north from Nicaragua, when Jorge Rugama Rizo was outside his house and the Sandinista caravan passed, according to the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh) and the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights (ANPDH), who received complaints from family members of the victim and witnesses to the event. [12], The 2013–2018 Nicaraguan protests began in June 2013 when some elderly people with only a small contribution (less than 750 weeks) demanded a reduced pension from the Nicaraguan Social Security Institute. [85][86] Five banks have closed in Masaya for lootings. [36][38], The following day on 19 April, Vice President and first lady Rosario Murillo made a speech mocking the demonstrators and labeling them of "small groups, small souls, toxic, full of hate", bent on the destruction of the country, assaulting peace and development. 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Diplomats and cultural personalities witnessed the embarrassing episodes. of Managua and the Nicaraguan Episcopal Conference, before the cowardly attack on the Cathedral of Managua that adds to the acts of vandalism in different chapels in the country in previous days. HAVANA TIMES – The repercussions of the protests in the United States with the arrest and death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, are different from those experienced by Nicaragua since April 2018, with the death of more than 300 people at the hands of the police and paramilitary forces. [220], Michael Kozak, Acting Assistant Secretary for U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, condemned the attacks and intimidation of the press that occurs in Nicaragua. After five days of unrest in which nearly thirty people were killed, Ortega announced the cancellation of the reforms. Citizens participated in a march against the government of Daniel Ortega. [24], In early April 2018, the Superior Council for Private Enterprise (COSEP) announced the start of negotiations with the government to reform the INSS, declaring that the solution must include an increase to the contribution of the employers and employees, as well as fiscal reform. Various forms of independent media were censored during the protests. [32] Demonstrations involving mostly elderly individuals,[33] university students,[34] and other activists[35] broke out in Managua and six other cities, which were repressed by authorities reporting to President Ortega. [148] Affiliation to the INSS is in a tailspin: Nicaragua retreated to 2005[149] Villagers who were demonstrating in the municipality of Santa María, in Nueva Segovia, were kidnapped by Sandinista paramilitaries. The group presented a report this Friday, two days after being expelled from the country by the Nicaraguan authorities.The report focuses on the violent events that occurred between 18 April and 30 May 2018. By Oswaldo Rivas, Reuters At Least 5 Dead In Violent Clashes In Nicaragua Over Social Security Changes Representatives of the Special Follow-up Mechanism for Nicaragua (Meseni) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Acnudh) discussed this situation[145], Nicaragua cut its spending budget for 2018 by $186.3 million, 1.3% of its GDP, in the midst of the crisis. In Masaya, the clashes lasted for more than 12 hours between demonstrators, anti-riot police and youth shock groups of the Sandinista party. [192], Subsequently, various users who opposed the regime proposed a counter-march for July 19, flooding with blue and white flags before the red and black government's withdrawal of the FSLN flag. Most of the victims died from accurate shots to the head, neck and chest. and they shoot him dead, They demand the cessation of attacks, intimidations and attacks against the Independent Press in Nicaragua, Self-convened virtual countermarch of July 19, Continuous attacks on the Catholic Church in Nicaragua. At the scene, a plastic spray bottle with alcohol (volatile easily combustion) was found, "they relate among the findings. [131] The Inter-American Press Association also called on the Ortega administration to stop its efforts of censorship, with its president Gustavo Mohme Seminario stating that its actions toward the media "unmasks the authoritarianism of a government that in its eleven years in power has only sought to dismantle the State for its benefit and that of his family members". Stay on top of Nicaragua latest developments on the ground with Al Jazeera’s fact-based news, exclusive video footage, photos and updated maps. Pensions would also be taxed 5%. "[234], Nicaragua has lost 217,930 formal jobs and has been dragging two consecutive years of economic contraction since 2018, the year in which the civic rebellion against the Daniel Ortega regime began, according to a report released this Saturday by the Central Bank of Nicaragua (BCN ).Until last August, Nicaragua closed with 695,867 workers affiliated to the Nicaraguan Social Security Institute (INSS), a figure that represents 3.7% less than the previous year that registered 722,606, according to the Central Bank of Nicaragua. [189] Along the same lines, a police operation moved for hours outside the facilities of Radio Darío in León on the afternoon of July 25, 2020. [23] The government of Daniel Ortega prepared a reform plan for the INSS based on the IMF's report. The operation consists of a campaign of cyber attacks against Nicaragua's government web pages or accused to be related to it. [40][41] TELCOR ordered the suspension of transmissions of four independent TV channels that were reporting the news: channels 12, 23, 51, and 100% Noticias. News Nicaragua police quash opposition protest. [13] After a week of demonstration, the peaceful protesters were attacked by paramilitary groups associated with the Sandinista Youth,[14] while police had moved back only moments before. [122] Government forces were also reported to have armed pro-Sandinista groups with weapons to use against protesters. It was repressed by the national police in the company of paramilitary groups and pro-government mobs, leaving approximately 15 dead. 5 things to know about the protests in Nicaragua As many as 27 people have died in protests over controversial reforms to the Social Security tax system and pensions. [52], Hundreds of thousands participated in marches for "peace and justice" organized on 28 April by the Catholic churches in Nicaragua in the cities of Managua, Matagalpa and León. Two days later, a second case was confirmed for another Nicaraguan who had recently traveled to Colombia. [32] He again proposed negotiations on the issue, which would now include Catholic Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes as well as the business community. The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH) through a statement expressed its repudiation of what happened in the Chapel of the Blood of Christ of the Cathedral of Managua, burned by an unknown person who threw a Molotov bomb and then fled the scene without leaving trail. Demonstrations increased in response, with protesters objecting to the repression of demonstrations and the exclusion of other sectors from the negotiations, as well as the reforms themselves. Marist Institute students refused to enter the classrooms, in rejection of the decision of the Ministry of Education (Mined) to dismiss several of their professors "because they have their own criteria and do not support the murderers", informed the Student Movement 19 of April-Condega.[139]. [147] Nicaragua closed its doors to a Working Group of 12 countries created by the Permanent Council of the OAS, which seeks to support the national dialogue and contribute to the search for solutions to the crisis in the country. 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After the coffin was removed in the funeral carriage of the religious precinct, government supporters and media reporters harassed Gioconda Belli and other assistants. [32], On 23 April, marches of citizens, businessmen and students were held in Managua demanding the end of violence in the country, the release of students arrested by the police, the cessation of censorship of television media, and a response from the government about the students who died during the protests. An anti-government protester is dragged away and arrested by police as security forces disrupt an opposition march coined "United for Freedom" in Managua, Nicaragua, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. [37], The NGO Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH) stated that President Ortega and his wife "encouraged and directed" the repression against protesters and that "the demonstrations are legitimized by a social rejection of the authoritarian way of governing by President Ortega and his wife, Rosario Murillo" and called for dialogue monitored by the United Nations and the Organization of American States. "[195], The Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro chapel in the municipality of Nindirí, in Masaya (Nicaragua), was desecrated with "fury and hatred", because the unknown individuals not only stole custody and the ciborium, but also broke images, trampled the hosts and made other damage.The event occurred this Wednesday, July 29. 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