Migrant money could be keeping Nicaragua’s uprising alive


Thousands of Nicaraguans have protested since April. More than a hundred people have died in clashes with authorities. Álvaro Navarro/Artículo 66

By Benjamin Waddell, Fort Lewis College

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Protesting is now illegal in Nicaragua, according to President Daniel Ortega.

The Central American country has been embroiled in deadly political turmoil for months. Demonstrations that began in April against an unpopular social security reform quickly transformed into a broader movement aimed at ousting Ortega, Nicaragua’s authoritarian president.

Up to 450 people have since been killed, including a 16-year-old boy caught in the crossfire between government forces and demonstrators on Sept. 23.

The growing number of protesters arrested and charged with terrorism…

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