Nicaragua reporter killed during Facebook Live amid unrest

Clay Curtis
April 23, 2018

Human rights groups say at least 26 people have been killed in several days of clashes.

In his first statement since the crisis erupted, President Daniel Ortega said the government was open to amending the social security reforms and had called for dialogue. The group said talks could not begin until the government ended police violence, released those who had been arrested for demonstrating peacefully, and re-established freedom of speech.

The Pope, the U.S. government and business leaders all urged Ortega to stop the violence before he appeared on television and said the measures approved last week would be withdrawn.

On Saturday night, detonations were heard at various points in Managua, while population took off cobblestones from streets to build barricades to protect mselves from assault of rioters and collectives of FSLN.

"The Nicaraguan state has failed", 23-year-old student Flavio Latino, one of the youth organisers behind the recent protests against the government and the #SOSNicaragua movement, told Al Jazeera.

On Saturday, a local journalist, Miguel Angel Gahona, was shot dead by a bullet in the city of Bluefields, on Nicaragua's Caribbean coast. "That is why they are put at risk".

Throughout the protests, journalists have reportedly faced attacks, been temporarily detained and had their equipment stolen. Meanwhile, four independent television outlets were taken off air on Thursday, although only one now remains closed.

Police have been unable to identify who fired the shot, with officers and other groups fighting the protesters the only ones believed to have been armed.

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In an emergency, the mask that drops down delivers pure oxygen replacing the pressurized air being sucked out of the plane. In recent years, the in-person instructions have been replaced with splashy, choreographed videos.

Apart from violence between riot police and opponents of the new law, clashes have taken place between opponents and supporters of the measure, which increases employer and employee contributions while reducing the overall amount of pensions by 5.0 percent.

A demonstrator fires a homemade mortar towards riot police during a protest over a controversial reform to the pension plans of the Nicaraguan Social Security Institute (INSS) in Managua, Nicaragua April 21, 2018.

Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to the violence which has engulfed Nicaragua following anti-government protests that have seen 11 killed, including a journalist.

"Protests need to be conducted peacefully, and public security forces must act with maximum restraint", European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement.

Analysts and business leaders said the protests were fueled by dissatisfaction that went well beyond anger over pension reform.

In the grainy, night-time video, Gahona holds up a cellphone as he approaches the facade of city hall, reporting live via Facebook on the protests that have rocked the Central American nation for four days.

"This has not been seen for years in Nicaragua", Carlos Tunnermann, former Nicaraguan ambassador to the U.S., told AFP. They appear to have expanded to include broader anti-government grievances.

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