The National Blue and White Unit (UNAB) is calling for a 24-hour strike on Thursday, December 20, to demand the resignation of President Daniel Ortega and his vice president and wife Rosario Murillo. UNAB leaders are also calling for the release of political prisoners. Business and other service disruptions, including to public transportation, are possible on Thursday.
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.
Individuals in Nicaragua, particularly Managua, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid any public gatherings due to the risk of violence and arrest, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and home governments, and anticipate associated disruptions, including businesses, services, and transportation, during the strike.
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