Latin America News – Nicaragua Protest Turns Deadly

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Anti-government protesters take part in a march in support of 'the Mothers of April' movement - whose children died in the protests - on Nicaragua's National Mothers Day, in Managua on May 30, 2018. - At least 87 people have been killed and almost 900 wounded since protests began on April 18 against Ortega and his party, the Sandinista National Liberation Front. (Photo credit: DIANA ULLOA/AFP/Getty Images)

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. June 1, 2018: At least two people were killed and over 12 injured in a massive march against President Daniel Ortega’s government in Nicaragua on Wednesday.

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Nicaragua’s capital calling for the resignation of President Daniel Ortega and his wife and vice-president Rosario Murillo, and justice for the dead in the latest and largest anti-government protest in decades.

The Mother’s Day march on Wednesday, May 30th was organized in solidarity with the mothers of the 83 students and peaceful demonstrators who have been killed by police and pro-government forces since the start of a nationwide political crisis on April 18.

However, the march ended in violence after unidentified gunmen opened fire on protesters. A nearby gas station was spontaneously converted into a small hospital to deal with the chaos.

While bullets were falling on the protesters at the Central American University (UCA), thousands of people at the other end, not knowing about the tragedy, were still cheering, chanting slogans and asking for justice for the dead.

Protesters were dressed in black and marched at least four kilometers to mourn those killed in the previous clashes. (SOURCE: CCTV)

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