Nicaragua violence: 1 killed, 3 injured in protest violence

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 28, 2018, 01:20 PM IST

Anti-government demonstrators hold a protest demanding Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife. Photograph:(AFP)

In fresh Nicaragua violence over the weekend, One person was killed and three got injured amid the political unrest in the country.

According to reports, One person that died was a government employee -- Jorge Gaston -- he died in the hospital after being shot.

Meanwhile, the opposition was reported by the news agency, Reuters, saying that he was a victim of the government forces that had attacked protestors the same day.

Since the protests against the government have begun in the Central American nation, 84 people have been killed while more than 860 were injured.

The Nicaraguans are protesting against President Ortega -- who is in power since 2007 -- led government from April.

On April 18, Nicaraguans staged a massive protest against the government which was then triggered by the new social security system reforms. 

From demanding to scrap the new social security reforms to now the demonstrators are demanding re-election in the country and changes in electoral laws to strengthen democracy.

They also demanded justice for people who were killed in the April's protest violence.

Though Ortega has delivered steady growth to the country he has been criticised for corruption and his control over Congress, military and the electoral board and media.

He is also accused of turning Nicaragua into a family dictatorship as Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo as vice-president was elected in November 2016 for a term that ends in January.

Church-mediated talks between government and demonstrators aimed at quelling the violence have stalled since last week, but the Nicaraguan Bishops' Conference called on Sunday for both sides to attend a session on Monday aimed at reviving the dialogue.