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Nicaragua protest death toll jumps to more than 30

© Ezequiel Becerra, AFP | A banner with the names of the university students killed in Nicaragua during a vigil of students of the University of Costa Rica (UCR) on April 24, 2018, in support of the protests taking place in Nicaragua against the government

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2018-04-25

The death toll from a week of brutally repressed anti-government protests in Nicaragua has risen to at least 34, a leading rights group in the country said Wednesday.

The count, by the Nicaragua's Center for Human Rights (CENIDH), was raised from its previous figure of 27.

The group said it had found more bodies in Managua’s state morgue of people previously reported missing, and had also added people who had died of wounds sustained in the protests.

President Daniel Ortega’s government put out its own toll Friday, counting 10 deaths. It has not released any updated figure since.

The protests were triggered by pension reforms that Ortega ended up withdrawing as condemnation of harsh police tactics against the demonstrators including firing weapons mounted.

Other grievances over the president’s rule for the past 11 years then surfaced, notably resentment at the aloof and authoritarian style of Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo, who is also his vice president.

By early Wednesday, it appeared the protests were subsiding after Ortega made a series of concessions, including freeing arrested protesters, lifting curbs on independent media and calling for dialogue.

(AFP)

Date created : 2018-04-25

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