Shops looted as political protests continue in Nicaragua

Shops looted as political protests continue in Nicaragua

Shops looted as political protests continue in Nicaragua

Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega on Sunday chose to cancel planned changes to the Central American country's pension system that have triggered violent protests.

Ortega said on Saturday that he would agree to negotiate on the social security reforms so that there is "no more terror for Nicaraguan families", but he said the talks would be only with business leaders.

Protest groups on Sunday announced a march to the Polytechnic University in the capital where hundreds of students have been holed up since Thursday.

"We condemn the violence and the excessive force used by police and others against civilians who are exercising their. right to freedom of expression and assembly", US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in statement.

Marlin Sierra, director of human rights organisation CENIDH, said it had logged 25 deaths, mostly caused by firearms and rubber bullets.

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The government on Friday, April 20, said the number of people killed in capital Managua since the protests started on Wednesday, April 18, was 10, AFP added, saying it was the last official tally.

The center's director, Vilma Nunez, warned that there was "a lot of misinformation" going around that made obtaining the figure hard.

Nicabus, an global bus line with links to Costa Rica and Honduras, said it had suspended services due to the violence.

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The INSS had chose to revoke "the resolution of April 16, which acted as a trigger that started this whole situation", he told them of the measure that would have also increased employer contributions while decreasing the overall pension amount by 5 percent.

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The police crackdown on demonstrators and curbs on some media in the past few days have fuelled broader criticism of Ortega, who has tightened his hold on the country's institutions since he took office for a second time 11 years ago.

The business trade organisation COSEP called for private sector workers to protest on Monday in support of dialogue and urged the government to create conditions to "avoid more bloodshed".

Throughout the protests, journalists have reportedly faced attacks, been temporarily detained and had their equipment stolen. By Sunday, only one remained barred.

Protesters during the fourth consecutive day of demonstrations against social security reforms in Managua, Nicaragua.

Pope Francis called on Sunday for an end to the violence in Nicaragua and called for differences to be "resolved peacefully and with a sense of responsibility".

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The protesters oppose a Social Security reform.

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