42 dead af­ter stu­dent-led anti-gov­ern­ment protests

THE (Times Higher Education) - - NEWS -

Stu­dents and univer­sity staff at the Polytech­nic Univer­sity of Nicaragua staged an oc­cu­pa­tion of their cam­pus in Managua fol­low­ing the death of at least 42 peo­ple dur­ing anti-gov­ern­ment protests last week. The stu­dent-led demon­stra­tions be­gan when Pres­i­dent Daniel Ortega an­nounced con­tro­ver­sial re­forms to the coun­try’s so­cial se­cu­rity sys­tem in a bid to re­duce the grow­ing na­tional deficit. The stu­dent pro­test­ers – who are said to have dug trenches around the univer­sity and de­fended them­selves us­ing home­made weapons – agreed to ne­go­ti­ate with gov­ern­ment min­is­ters.

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