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Despite Ortega’s Absence Friday, Nicaraguans Showed No Sign Of Giving Up

“We support the mothers of the fallen,” said Carla Patricia Gomez, 46, wearing a Nicaraguan flag as a headband. “They even killed a 6-year-old child,” she added, speaking among a crowd of protesters brandishing photos of youths they said died in the clashes.

Student leader Lesther Aleman and other students arrive to the second day of the national dialogue in Managua, Nicaragua, Freiday, May 18, 2018, holding large poster depicting images of students who were killed in recent protests.

“We reiterate our condemnation of the dead, disappeared, aggressions and arbitrary detentions of protesters, activists and journalists,” said Antonia Urrejola, the group’s Nicaraguan delegate.

Dozens of flag-waving demonstrators chanted “Murderer!” outside the Catholic seminary on Friday, the second day of an unprecedented forum for students, business leaders and others to air grievances with government representatives.

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Ortega was not to be present at Friday’s talks, rather, sending a delegation in his place, arriving some 90 minutes late. He was, however, there on Wednesday, when university students publicly berated him and called for his resignation.

“In one month you have ruined the country,” the university student, Lesther Aleman, told Ortega at the time, before breaking down in tears, in the first day of the national dialogue.

Despite Ortega’s absence on Friday, protesters showed no signs of giving up.

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