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Nicaragua president scraps pension law that sparked deadly protests

Nicaragua president scraps pension law that sparked deadly protests

In talks with business leaders, Ortega said the Nicaraguan Institute for Social Security had made a decision to axe the reform that would have increased employee contributions and reduced benefits in a bid to tamp down on a climbing deficit.

At least 10 people have been killed and dozens injured as protests in Nicaragua are expected to continue into their fifth consecutive day on Sunday.

During a series of protests against the reform of the INSS, at least 11 people lost their lives when violent groups tried to occupy the seat of the mayor of Tipitapa, a fact that was described by the vice president of the country, Rosario Murillo, as a hate crime.

The U.S. State Department is calling for calm in the country, saying in a statement "We condemn the violence and the excessive force used by police and others against civilians".

The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights, an independent organisation of the Government, already has 25 dead and 64 wounded.

In the grainy, nighttime video, journalist Angel Gahona, clad in jeans and a blue shirt, holds up a cellphone and narrates as he approaches the facade of city hall in Bluefields, Nicaragua, reporting live via Facebook on protests that have rocked the Central American nation for four days.

Riot police charge a barricade during clashes with demonstrators. "Anti-riot police had been using rubber bullets, but not anymore - they are using live rounds", he said.

Nicabus, an worldwide bus line with links to Costa Rica and Honduras, said it has been forced to suspend services due to the violence.

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The center's director, Vilma Nunez, warned that there was "a lot of misinformation" going around that made obtaining the figure hard.

On Saturday, the president was rebuffed when he offered to speak to the private sector's top business association about the pension reforms, which would see employee contributions increased and benefits reduced in a bid to tamp down on a climbing deficit.

Unlike his appearance on Saturday with the police chief, Ortega announced the cancellation of the overhaul accompanied by business executives who account for about 130,000 jobs and millions of dollars in exports.

Throughout the protests, journalists have reportedly faced attacks, been temporarily detained and had their equipment stolen.

Men carry the casket of Alvaro Manuel Conrado Davila - a 15-year-old student who died Friday during protests near the Centro Americana University (UCA) - to his wake in Managua on Saturday.

On Sunday, Pope Francis called the bloodshed in Nicaragua "useless" and called for a peaceful resolution "with a sense of responsibility".

The protesters oppose a Social Security reform.


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