Thousands People Join Anti-Government March in Nicaragua

Thousands in Nicaraguans marched through the capital Managua on Saturday in a mass demonstration to demand justice following a wave of protests and violence for more than 10 days, that an unofficial toll of more than 62 people dead.

During the rally organized by the Catholic Church of Nicaragua, Managua’s Archbishop, Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano, issued a deadline of one month for the national dialogue aimed at resolving the issues facing the country’s worst unrest in 11 years, to see “if a real commitment exists.”

- payin the bills -

The peace and justice march is part of the broader anti-government protests across the country that began on Wednesday, April 18, when the population protested against pension reforms.

On Friday, university students, who have been at the forefront of anti-government unrest, issued conditions for talks with the government President Daniel Ortega.

Joining the students were private sector workers and others, among them young people, the elderly and farmers. There was a sea of blue and white flags as the crowds massed outside the city’s cathedral.

- paying the bills -

“We have come on a pilgrimage as one people, brothers in the faith of the Lord Jesus, brothers in suffering for so many lives lost… desiring justice, peace and reconciliation,” Brenes told the crowds.

Brenes said he would act as a witness and mediator in the dialogue called for by Ortega.

“If we see that they are not taking these steps, we will call a halt and we will tell the people of God that we cannot carry on,” he said to widespread applause and chants of “Make them go!” in reference to Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo.

“We are no longer afraid, we want a free Nicaragua. Nicaragua wants peace so that there is no more bloodshed. There has to be justice for the dead and the disappeared,” was the common thread of many attending the march.

Although Ortega has agreed to hold talks, the framework has yet to be defined.

- paying the bills --

The students, on the other hand, have laid down their conditions for the dialogue to take place, among them, demanding the dismissal of police involved in the repression, the establishment of an independent UN-backed body to investigate the violence, that the talks be held in public and that the relatives of those killed be involved.

Related Articles

Streets of Managua flooded due to effects of Iota

QCOSTARICA - Many streets in Nicaragua's capital city, Managua, were flooded...

Los sapos de El Carmen… siendo pues… SAPOS.

TODAY NICARAGUA - "The toads of El Carmen ... being then...

MOST READ

Rosario Murillo: La Heredera (The Heiress)

Rosarion Murillo, the "eternally loyal" to her husband and political partner, Daniel Ortega. In a profile by Confidencial in October 2016, before her election as...

Better Air Connectivity Between Nicaragua and the US

The private companies' association is in talks with United Airlines to promote the opening of a route that connects Nicaragua with the east coast...

Nicaragua Unveils Central America’s Largest Baseball Stadium

Nicaragua has unveiled its long-awaited baseball stadium in Managua, replacing the former baseball field built in 1948. The new structure will hold up to...

Bianca Jagger Gets Into The Nicaragua Act Again

(American Thinker)  Remember Bianca Jagger? You know, the disco queen and former rock-star's wife turned leftwing "human rights activist" who was last seen mourning...

What Are Some of Nicaragua’s Popular Food?

TODAY NICARAGUA - Nicaragua is an interesting place, with a tumultuous history and a relatively peaceful present. and even if many things can be...

Nicaragua Praised by the IMF

The IMF noted the positive evolution of all the country's economic indicators, and the drastic fall in poverty, with an increase of 33% in...

Poll Shows Declining Expectations on a Nicaraguan Canal

According to the results of the most recent survey conducted by Cid Gallup, the Nicaraguan interoceanic canal project, a concession given to the Chinese...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Nicaragua and Latin America.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.