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Anti-government protests in Nicaragua

Demonstrators stand behind a barricade during clashes with riot police during a protest against Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega’s government in Managua, Nicaragua, May 30, 2018. (Photo: Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters)

Anti-government protests in Nicaragua

Nicaragua has been rocked since April 18 by anti-government protests which have been severely repressed by the authorities, leaving nearly 100 dead and hundreds more wounded.

The protests were initially triggered by now-aborted reforms to the near-bankrupt social security system.

But the unrest quickly broadened into a rejection by many Nicaraguans of President Daniel Ortega, who is seen as autocratic.

Ortega, the former guerrilla leader of the Sandinista revolution, was in power from 1979-1990, before returning in 2007.

His wife Rosario Murillo is vice-president and several of Ortega’s children hold key positions. (AFP)

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