Crisis Deepens In Nicaragua A Year Into Anti-Ortega Protests
Faizan Hashmi 5 days ago Wed 17th April 2019 | 10:15 AM
Managua, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Apr, 2019 ) :Nicaragua's opposition has called on its supporters to defy a police ban and protest against the regime of President Daniel Ortega to mark the anniversary of the "civil and peaceful insurrection" that left 325 people dead last year.
Since then, the central American country has descended into crisis in part due to the government's brutal crackdown on protesters, with some 800 people jailed and tens of thousands exiled.
Economic recession and US sanctions have weakened the government, but Ortega is clinging onto power nonetheless.
Ortega, 73, was caught off guard by the protests, led by various groups including students, demanding that he step down and call early elections.
But the former guerrilla leader, who first came to power in 1979 after contributing to the fall of US-backed dictator Anastasio Somoza, has refused to budge.