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19 Apr 2019 | 05:30 AM UTC

Nicaragua: Demonstrations possible in Managua April 19 /update 6

Nicaragua News Alert

Anti-government demonstrations may occur in Managua on April 19 to mark one-year anniversary of the protests; further demonstrations possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/18/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/20/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Managua). COUNTRY/REGION Nicaragua, Managua

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Event

Demonstrations are possible in the capital Managua on Friday, April 19, amid the one-year anniversary of the launch of protests against President Daniel Ortega's administration. While no specific gatherings have been announced, the National Blue and White Unity (UNAB) opposition coalition has expressed its support for memorial gatherings. Protests have commonly occurred at the Centroamérica roundabout and Alexis Argüello Monument in the capital. 

Further demonstrations are possible in the near term as UNAB leaders have vowed to continue anti-government protests. Heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected around all protest sites. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

Nicaragua has experienced periods of unrest since April 18, 2018, amid calls for President Daniel 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 Managua 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 governments.

 

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