At least 10 killed during demonstrations in Nicaragua

NICARAGUA (OBSERVATORY) – At least 10 people have been killed in Nicaragua during violent protests against pension reform, Vice President, said Friday.

Morillo said at least 10 people were killed during the demonstrations on Thursday and Friday, which she described as “riots” by individuals seeking to “strike peace and harmony.”

The vice president added that the government was ready to discuss with the protesters the proposal to increase contributions of employers and employees in the pension system, the cause of the wave of demonstrations that began on Sunday.

President Daniel Ortega will officially announce on Saturday that “dialogue remains open” and that “all issues are on the table”.

Police said at least one demonstrator and policeman were killed on Thursday night during clashes in Managua and its suburb. Demonstrators spoke of the death of a third person.