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  Unrest grips Nicaragua: Protesters demand president's ouster as he denounces 'armed conspiracy'
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AuthorPatrick J. McDonnell
MediaNewspaper - Los Angeles Times
News DateSunday, July 22, 2018 09:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionLast week, after security forces moved against demonstrators following months of anti-government protests, President Daniel Ortega publicly declared victory against an opposition determined to end his more than decade-long tenure as leader of this Central American nation.

“They thought we were defeated, simply because we had patience,” Ortega told a crowd on July 19, the 39th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution that overthrew the U.S.-backed Somoza family dictatorship. “But a moment arrived when we said …. ‘This is enough! We have to reestablish order in our country!’”

About 300 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Nicaragua since large-scale protests erupted in April, according to human rights groups and opposition leaders. Ortega, in turn, accused the opposition of killing dozens of police officers and government supporters.

Ortega blamed an “armed conspiracy” financed by “outside forces” — a reference to Washington — as being behind the demonstrations. Activists and the State Department have rejected the accusation and condemned government violence against protesters.

And, while police this month evicted opponents who occupied the national university here and other sites, protesters were again on the march in Managua on Saturday — demanding Ortega’s resignation and denouncing what they called brutal tactics by security personnel.
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