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Tranques (Barricades) Continue On Many Roads, Including the Pan-American

Protests on the roads continued Thursday in Managua, Chontales, Matagalpa, Carazo, Masaya, Boaco and Estelí, and at some barricades the protesters threatened to close off the passage completely.

Choking the Ortega government are the tranques (blockades) of various major routes. The blockades on Thursday, on the main roads of the country, were staggered, allowing the movement of food to cities and towns. Today, Friday, the number of points of blockades is likely to increase.

“We ask the Nicaraguan people to understand us, because we thirst for justice in this country, for that reason, we have manifested everywhere,” said Medardo Mairena, a participant in the national dialogue on behalf of the Campesino Movement.

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At some points, like in Lovago, the peasants who are protesting against the Government, on Thursday only allowed the passage of ambulances.

“There is no pass for any vehicle until the Government gives in and complies with what the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua said in the dialogue and with the recommendations of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR),” said one of the organizers of the protest. .

At the stop of the Juigalpa-Managua exit, they did not pass any vehicles, again, except ambulances.

Losses in Matagalpa, Carazo, Estelí and Granada

Cheese producers that had more than 48 hours of being in the blockades of the municipality of Río Blanco, expressed their discontent as their product would be spoiled and become a loss.

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Vegetable traders, from the dry zone of Matagalpa, indicated that the situation affects them because they have not been able to get their crops to Managua.

On Thursday the blockades were maintained in Matiguás, Río Blanco, Mulukukú, Ubú Norte, and Paiwas. The taxi drivers of Río Blanco joined the strike, in protest at the high price of fuel.

Members of the Carazo 19 April Movement reinstated the barricades in front of the San José school in Jinotepe, as they have done in the last two weeks. This tranque is on the South Pan-American Highway and stops international cargo transportation.

At the southern exit of the city of Estelí, exactly at kilometer 143 of the Pan-American Highway north, there is a barricade that allowed traffic circulation every half hour.

The same in Nandaimea and Granada, at kilometer 67 of the Pan-American Highway.

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The drivers affected by the blockades said they supported the protesters, saying it is a peaceful way to put pressure on the government.

“We are delayed towards Rivas to drop off merchandise, but our heart and support is with the town and the young people, who have been the spearhead against an oppressive government; we, the drivers, ask for justice and freedom for Nicaragua,” said Henry Martinez.

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