Thousands of locals have packed the streets of the capital, Managua, and other cities over the past week in response to government announcements regarding social welfare reform which would see some of the country's poorest workers being slugged more taxes and losing benefits.
Unfortunately, things have gone from peaceful to violent with locals clashing with police, resulting in hundreds of people injured and the deaths of more than 30 people. Police
Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega announced on April 22 that he would abandon the social welfare reforms, however, local anger has not died down, and protestors are calling for the resignation of the president due to incidents of nepotism and undermining the country's democratic system.
With no signs of civil unrest abating, the US has removed some of its diplomatic staff from the country and reduced services available. It's also placed Nicaragua in the "Reconsider Travel" category, with other government travel advisories warning travelers against all but essential travel to the country.
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