The National Blue and White Unit (UNAB) opposition coalition is slated to stage a demonstration in Managua on Saturday, March 16, to denounce restrictions on protests and to demand the release of political prisoners. Demonstrators are expected to gather at Rotonda Centroamerica from 14:00 (local time) and march to the Alexis Argüello monument. Business and other service disruptions, including to public transportation, are possible on Saturday. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected.
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 their home government.
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