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After months of protests, Nicaragua’s government says life has ‘normalized.’ Many citizens say life is far from normal.

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Since April, the Central American nation of Nicaragua has been a country in turmoil.

In just over four months, at least 322 people have been killed, thousands injured and hundreds detained as waves of anti-government protests and ensuing crackdowns have swept Nicaragua, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Twenty-one of the dead were police officers and 23 were “children or teenagers,” the agency said in a recent statement.

A scathing report by UN human rights experts last week accused the Nicaraguan government of human rights violations in dealing with protestors, saying: “the majority of victims have been young men, under 30 years old, coinciding with the average profile of the protesters, including university students and young professionals.”

President Daniel Ortega — a former revolutionary whose Sandinista rebels overthrew Nicaraguan strongman Anastasio Somoza in the 1970s — said the UN report was “nothing more than an instrument of the policy of death, of the policy of terror, of the policy of lying, of the policy of infamy.”
The government expelled the UN group.
That was followed by another anti-government demonstration on Sunday. IACHR reported that three people — a doctor and two police officers — were injured in clashes between protesters and pro-government forces.
First lady Rosario Murillo, who is also her husband’s vice president, has compared protesters to “vampires,” “coup-mongers” and “devils.” In a speech on Wednesday, Murillo said protesters were “demons who for three months lashed out at Nicaragua, kidnapping peace, wanting to break the unity, but they could not and will not,” adding, “the people are more unified than ever!”
But she also said recently the situation in the country has “normalized.” There is no room for hate, Murillo said, according to state-run news agency Digital 19, because the only way Nicaragua will succeed is through “reconciliation.”

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