General strike slows commerce in Nicaragua

Business 05/23/19, 11:27

A general strike called by Nicaragua's opposition to demand the release of political prisoners is having mixed effects.Small businesses, some supermarkets and private schools were closed in the capital on Thursday. But pharmacies and gas stations were open. Traffic was ...

Nicaragua warns banks of sanctions if they join strike

Business 05/22/19, 16:23

Nicaragua's finance minister warned banks Wednesday that the government will sanction those that participate in a general strike scheduled for Thursday to pressure for the freeing of political prisoners.Iván Acosta said the banking system has a responsibility to the public ...

Lawyer: 17 wounded in prison where US-Nicaraguan man killed

America 05/17/19, 17:51

Seventeen people who were arrested in previous anti-government protests were wounded in a prison disturbance in which a 57-year-old Nicaraguan-American dual national was shot dead, a lawyer for several inmates said Friday. Attorney Yonarqui Martínez also said three student protest leaders ...

Business group: Nicaragua economy in ‘free fall’

Business 04/24/19, 15:59

Nicaragua's leading business association says the country's economy is in "free fall" a year after anti-government protests were violently repressed by the government and its supporters.Guillermo Jacoby, an official of the Superior Council of Private Business, said Wednesday "we thought ...

Strong police presence prevents march in Nicaragua

America 04/17/19, 18:07

Hundreds of police prevented a march Wednesday to commemorate a year since Nicaraguan protesters took to the streets to oppose the government of President Daniel Ortega. Hours before the scheduled start, police vehicles lined a main thoroughfare in the capital where ...

Costa Rica president wants free elections for Nicaragua

America 03/21/19, 00:37

Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado has said Central America should not be satisfied until Nicaragua holds free elections and re-establishes a free press, democracy and human rights guarantees. "We should not be tranquil until those (are) re-established there," he said in ...

Nicaragua talks on crisis begin, dozens of prisoners freed

Business 02/27/19, 15:24

Representatives of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and the opposition sat down face-to-face in a restart of long-stalled talks on resolving the country's political crisis Wednesday, shortly after authorities released dozens of people arrested in last year's crackdown on anti-government protests.The ...

Fears rise in Nicaragua over new social security overhaul

Business 02/11/19, 13:02

Nicaraguans revolted last April when the government announced it was raising payroll taxes and cutting retirement benefits to bolster a social security program hemorrhaging money.The unrest led authorities to quickly withdraw the measure, but as the protests boiled for months ...

Mothers of April: Relatives of the slain unite in Nicaragua

World 01/18/19, 12:34

The two mothers walked shoulder-to-shoulder ahead of a casket in the northern Nicaraguan city of Esteli, wailing in shared grief at the killings of their sons during a wave of anti-government protests.Francisca Machado was accompanying the casket holding her 24-year-old ...

Nicaragua’s Ortega pushes ahead with crackdowns on dissent

America 12/23/18, 00:02

In barely a week's time, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has cemented the authoritarian reputation of his government by shuttering the offices some of the few remaining resonant voices of dissent and expelling the international monitors documenting his government's alleged crimes.The ...

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