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A 24-hour national strike has been convened in Nicaragua for this Thursday, by businessmen, civil society and academics, in the midst of the crisis that started on April 18, resulting in more than 140 people dead.

The strike was announced at the press conference on Tuesday by the president of the National Alliance for Democracy and the Higher Council of Private Enterprise (COSEP), José Adan Aguerri; the president of AmCham, María Nelly Rivas; Juan Sebastián Chamorro by Funides; peasant, university and civil society leaders.

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“We recognize the effort of each person in this civic struggle, the women who have confronted the riot police with frying pans, flags and their courage,” the members of the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy began the press conference.

“Given the extreme conditions that Nicaragua is experiencing in solidarity with the victims, we have decided: to all the owners of the business we call for a peaceful and civic national strike,” continued José Adán Aguerri, president of COSEP.

María Nelly Rivas, president of AmCham, indicated that the national strike in Nicaragua “is a civic protest” that seeks a “peaceful solution” to the crisis.

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“This is a civic protest action that we are calling an alliance, one more action that we hope will contribute to that solution that we hope will be as soon as possible,” Rivas said.

According to Aguierri, all Cosep chambers are being asked to urge all companies to “join the national strike.”

He added that the economic losses suffered by Nicaragua in the national strike do not compare with the deaths that occur every day in this country in the context of the crisis.

“This is a national and peaceful civic strike that covers the entire country and all economic activities,” says a statement from the Civic Alliance, composed of university students, civil society, farmers and businessmen.

In addition, this Civic Alliance accuses the government of being “repressive”, and they demand from President Daniel Ortega an immediate response to the Nicaraguan Bishops’ Conference on the resumption of the national dialogue.

Juan Sebastián Chamorro said that the national strike in Nicaragua, convened for a period of 24 hours, aims to send an “unequivocal” message that the country is opposed to repression and considers that the national dialogue is the only way to overcome the crisis.

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This Tuesday the streets of Leon were deserted during a strike, which the organizers have considered a success.

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