Nicaragua: Managua mass march urges non-violence after govt. scraps unpopular reforms

Thousands of Nicaraguans participated in a mass rally in the capital Managua on Monday, one day after President Daniel Ortega overturned the new set of welfare reforms that had sparked a wave of deadly protests. The crowd marched peacefully from Rotonda Metrocentro in central part of Managua to Polytechnic University of Nicaragua (UPOLI) as they chanted and held banners. «We want peace and non... Еще-violence and we are going to show them that we are united,» one protester said. Anti-government protests had left at least 25 people killed since the beginning of the unrest last Wednesday. The protests were in response to a set of welfare reforms, in which employees will have to contribute a larger amount of their pay checks to the pension scheme, while simultaneously taking a 5 percent cut to be used for medical expenses.

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