The opposition Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy organization is calling for a nationwide 24-hour general strike on Thursday, May 23. According to media reports, multiple businesses organizations have voiced their support for the strike, including in the banking sector. Opposition leaders are calling for supporters to stay at home during the work stoppage to pressure the government into releasing political prisoners. On Wednesday, May 22, government ministers threatened to sanction workers, particularly in the banking sector, who participate in the protest. Associated business disruptions are possible throughout Nicaragua, including in the capital Managua, on Thursday.
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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