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Pension cuts reversed in Nicaragua after 27 die in protest violence Pension cuts reversed in Nicaragua after 27 die in protest violence
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The dead include a journalist shot dead while filming demonstrations. The dead include a journalist shot dead while filming demonstrations.
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<strong>Days of protests in Nicaragua have left <a href="https://www.apnews.com/d0820127d62c4f5ea356757a601d16ef/Thousands-protest-against-Nicaragua-government,-urge-calm">at least 27 people dead</a>, according to a human rights organisation. The proposed pension cuts which caused the violence <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-43860848">have now been reversed</a>.</strong> <strong>Days of protests in Nicaragua have left <a href="https://www.apnews.com/d0820127d62c4f5ea356757a601d16ef/Thousands-protest-against-Nicaragua-government,-urge-calm">at least 27 people dead</a>, according to a human rights organisation. The proposed pension cuts which caused the violence <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-43860848">have now been reversed</a>.</strong>
Riot police and troops were deployed against protesters, and subsequently<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nicaragua-protests/nicaragua-cancels-planned-welfare-overhaul-in-bid-to-end-protests-idUSKBN1HT0V3"> accused of using excessive force</a>. Protests spread from Managua, the capital, to cities across the Central American country <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Nicaragua">of 6.1 million.</a> Riot police and troops were deployed against protesters, and subsequently<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nicaragua-protests/nicaragua-cancels-planned-welfare-overhaul-in-bid-to-end-protests-idUSKBN1HT0V3"> accused of using excessive force</a>. Protests spread from Managua, the capital, to cities across the Central American country <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Nicaragua">of 6.1 million.</a>
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The Nicaraguan <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nicaragua-protests-usa/protesters-demand-resignation-of-nicaraguan-president-after-unrest-idUSKBN1HU1YA">Centre for Human Rights said 27 people had been killed</a>, although the official figure remained lower. The Nicaraguan <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nicaragua-protests-usa/protesters-demand-resignation-of-nicaraguan-president-after-unrest-idUSKBN1HU1YA">Centre for Human Rights said 27 people had been killed</a>, although the official figure remained lower.
A journalist was among those killed. A <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-43855090">bullet hit Ángel Gahona</a> while he was filming a Facebook Live broadcast on damage at a bank in the town of Bluefields on the Caribbean coast. A journalist was among those killed. A <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-43855090">bullet hit Ángel Gahona</a> while he was filming a Facebook Live broadcast on damage at a bank in the town of Bluefields on the Caribbean coast.
Nicaragua's president, Daniel Ortega, approved changes to welfare plans and social security <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-43855090">on April 18</a> that provoked the demonstrations. The measures, which <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nicaragua-protests/death-toll-in-nicaragua-protests-rises-to-six-idUSKBN1HS0LN">increased workers' contributions</a> but lowered pension payments, would have come into effect <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-43860848">on July 1.</a> Nicaragua's president, Daniel Ortega, approved changes to welfare plans and social security <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-43855090">on April 18</a> that provoked the demonstrations. The measures, which <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nicaragua-protests/death-toll-in-nicaragua-protests-rises-to-six-idUSKBN1HS0LN">increased workers' contributions</a> but lowered pension payments, would have come into effect <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-43860848">on July 1.</a>
The proposed cuts <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-43860848">were reversed yesterday</a>. But rallies and demonstrations are still ongoing, and expected to continue. The proposed cuts <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-43860848">were reversed yesterday</a>. But rallies and demonstrations are still ongoing, and expected to continue.
The Nicaraguan state department on April 23 <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-43860848">ordered relatives</a> of U.S. Embassy staff to leave the country.  The U.S state department on April 23 <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-43860848">ordered relatives</a> of U.S. Embassy staff to leave Nicaragua.
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