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Nicaraguan Opposition Holds General Strike to Demand Prisoner Release

HeadlineMay 24, 2019

In Nicaragua, opponents of President Daniel Ortega held a one-day general strike Thursday to demand the release of hundreds of political prisoners. The nationwide strike came days after Ortega’s government said it would begin releasing another 100 prisoners swept up in mass arrests during protests that erupted a year ago, after Ortega tried to cut social security benefits. Opposition groups say they’re pressuring the government to meet terms of a peace deal requiring the release of almost 300 political prisoners by June 18.

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