Nicaraguan Students Yell Murderer At Ortega As Dialogue Opens


MANAGUA – Angry Nicaraguan students taunted President Daniel Ortega with shouts of “murderer” as he spoke on Wednesday at a Catholic church-organized event aimed at negotiating a solution to weeks of deadly protests that have challenged his rule.

The meeting was a rare opportunity for the protesters to directly address the former Marxist guerrilla, and anger quickly bubbled over as the president lamented the violence of recent weeks. At least 49 people have been killed, mostly students, amid demonstrations over social security reforms.

“This is not a forum of dialogue; this is a forum to negotiate your exit,” one student who did not give his name told Ortega at the start of the event, organized by the Nicaragua’s Roman Catholic bishops.

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