The National Blue and White Unit (UNAB) opposition coalition has called for demonstrations in Managua and other major urban areas on Wednesday, March 20, to denounce restrictions on protests and to demand the release of political prisoners. Organizers have called on participants to gather at the "nearest roundabouts" at 18:00 (local time). In Managua, demonstrators are expected to gather at Rotonda Centroamerica and other major intersections. Business and other service disruptions, including to public transportation, are possible on Wednesday. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected.
Thousands of people marched in Managua and other cities on March 16 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. The government subsequently released those arrested on March 16 following an appeal by the Vatican.
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, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home government.
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