The National Blue and White Unity (UNAB) opposition coalition has called for protests to be held across Nicaragua on Friday, May 24, to pressure the government into releasing political prisoners. Protesters are expected to take the streets from 13:00 (local time).
A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are likely in urban centers across Nicaragua, notably in the capital Managua.
A related nationwide strike was held on May 23 with all business activities closed.
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.
Individuals in Nicaragua, particularly those in Managua, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, anticipate business disruptions, 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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