Nicaragua Protests: Two-month-old anti-government demonstration ends up in violence

Published: 31st May 2018 02:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 31st May 2018 02:35 PM  

A massive march in Nicaragua against President Daniel Ortega's government ended in violence Wednesday after gunmen opened fire on marchers. IN PIC: Riot police walk in front a wall with graffiti that reads in Spanish 'You can't against this giant nation', in Managua, Nicaragua. (Photo | AP)
The gunshots sent thousands of demonstrators running for cover in Managua, Nicaragua's capital, and there were unconfirmed reports of about a dozen people wounded. IN PIC: Demonstrators man a barricade placed in front a National Agrarian University, Managua, Nicaragua. (Photo | AP)
The gunfire appeared to come from government supporters near the end of the march, but demonstrators armed with improvised bottle-rocket launchers also opened fire in the skirmish. IN PIC: A dead person who was shot in the head is carried by paramedics. (Photo | AP)
Human rights observers say more than 80 people have been killed amid a harsh crackdown by government security forces and allied civilian groups on protests that began in April, along with nearly 900 wounded and over 400 arrested. IN PIC: An injured demonstrator receives help. (Photo | AP)
Wednesday was Mothers' Day in Nicaragua and the mothers of those killed during the protests had organized a protest march along Managua's main streets. (Photo | AP)
Daniel Ortega most recently won re-election in November 2016, when opposition leaders had called for a boycott, alleged that the president had riged things in his favor and accused him of dynastic ambitions for picking first lady Rosario Murillo as his vice presidential running mate. (Photo | AP)
Protests that began in April over now-scrapped social security changes have since expanded into a broader movement seeking Ortega's exit. IN PIC: A man who was shot and wounded is loaded into an ambulance. (Photo | AP)
Amnesty International issued a report this week accusing authorities of a strategy of repression characterized by the excessive use of force, extrajudicial executions, control of the media and the use of para-political groups to quash protests. IN PIC: Anti-government demonstrators take cover behind a barricade. (Photo | AP)
Talks sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church on ending the crisis were suspended indefinitely last week due to a lack of progress. (Photo | AP)
On Tuesday, Students seized the Engineering University demanding greater democracy and Ortega's resignation. Government supporters quickly gathered to end the takeover, but anti-government protesters rallied to support the students. (Photo | AP)
A university student with a nicaraguan folk mask takes part in a march against Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega in Managua, Nicaragua, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (Photo | AP)
Protests also broke out in the city of Masaya, where the prosecutors' offices were set afire. IN PIC: Demonstrators fly Nicaragua flags atop the Alexis Arguello monument. (Photo | AP)
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