The one year anniversary of the Nicaraguan people rising up against socialist dictator Daniel Ortega

John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Remembering Nicaragua’s Popular Uprising One Year Later

Remembering the student led protests in Nicaragua

One year ago in Nicaragua on April 18, 2018 long standing frustrations with the Sandinista regime of Daniel Ortega erupted across Managua in response to a “reform” of the pension system that reduced them for current recipients while raising the amount taken from salaries of current workers. At 5:00pm “Sandinista youth” and national police attack protesters, destroyed commercial establishments and took over the Central American University. The following day classes were canceled across the country and the government continued to call on the police and the Sandinista youth to counter-protest.

On Saturday, April 21, 2018 journalist Ángel Gahona was shot in the head while conducting a live broadcast of the protests in Bluefields, Nicaragua.

On Sunday, April 22, 2018 with over 25 confirmed dead Ortega rescinds the “reform.” This would have ended the protests on April 18, 2018, but after the thuggish behavior of the regime combined with the wholesale violation of freedom of the press, freedom of expression and association the citizenry was aroused.

On Tuesday, April 24, 2018 the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States issued a statement in which they condemned “the deaths of at least 25 people in a context of repression of protests against plans to reform the social security system in Nicaragua.” The IACHR also made known that “four TV channels that were reporting on the protests were taken off the air following government orders.”

The death toll would continue to mount over the upcoming days and weeks.

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