Update: Nicaragua has been placed in the "Reconsider all but essential travel" category for several government travel advisories. While the protests have simmered at the moment, there is still the risk for them to flare up. The UK Government travel advisory reports that it's illegal under Nicaraguan law for any foreigners to participate in political protests, you can be arrested and jailed.
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 300 people. Police were reported to be using live ammunition, tear gas and other ammunition against protestors.
Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega announced on April 22nd 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.
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