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29 Mar 2019 | 03:52 PM UTC

Nicaragua: Nationwide opposition protests planned March 30

Nicaragua News Alert

Opposition movement calls for nationwide protests on March 30; heightened security measures and transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/29/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/31/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Managua). COUNTRY/REGION Nicaragua, Managua

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Event

The National Blue and White Unity (UNAB) opposition coalition has called for demonstrations to be held in Managua and other major cities on Saturday, March 30. The exact time and location of the demonstrations is unclear as of Friday, March 29; however, previous protests in Managua have taken place at major roundabouts in the city. Organizers have recommended that the protests remain "as short as possible" and has advised protestors to refrain from "unnecessary" exposure to the police. The national police, meanwhile, indicated it would arrest protesters who participate in the unauthorized demonstrations.

Business and other service disruptions, including to public transportation, are possible. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are likely. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

Thousands of people marched in Managua and other cities on March 16 and March 23 to call for the release of political prisoners and the resignation of President Daniel Ortega. According to reports, security forces clashed with protesters in the capital and arrested over 100 people; those detained were later released.

Nicaragua has experienced widespread unrest since April 2018 amid calls for President Ortega to step down. The movement has led to frequent protests, deadly clashes, and other violence. Activists accuse the government and pro-government militias of committing serious human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, using weapons of war against protesters, kidnappings, arbitrary detentions, torture, excessive use of force, raiding homes without a warrant, and attacking the press.

Advice

Individuals in Nicaragua are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid any public gatherings due to the risk of violence and arrest, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home government.

 

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