Ortega feels heat

The New Zealand Herald - - World -

Pres­i­dent Daniel Ortega’s first for­mal talks with Nicaraguan op­po­si­tion and civic groups since he re­turned to power in 2007 quickly be­came heated and con­fronta­tional yes­ter­day. The di­a­logue, me­di­ated by the Ro­man Catholic Church, came af­ter more than 60 peo­ple died amid a gov­ern­ment crack­down on demon­stra­tions against so­cial se­cu­rity cuts. Ortega was greeted by jeers as he ar­rived at a sem­i­nary on the out­skirts of Managua with his wife, Vice-Pres­i­dent Rosario Murillo, and a large se­cu­rity de­tail of about 500 riot po­lice. Ortega told the gath­er­ing that the po­lice were not re­press­ing protests, but pre­vent­ing chaos. Bishop Abe­lardo Mata of the Esteli dio­cese echoed the stu­dents’ de­mand that the po­lice re­turn to their bar­racks, say­ing it was not an armed rev­o­lu­tion. The meet­ing broke up with Ortega and his con­tin­gent walk­ing out un­der shouts of “killers!” from stu­dents.

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