Nicaragua: Opposition calls a 24-hour strike

A Nicaraguan opposition alliance called for a national strike next Thursday as a measure of pressure on the government of President Daniel Ortega to resume dialogue and to stop the violence, which has left 148 dead in 56 days of protests.

“This is a civic and peaceful strike that covers the entire country and all economic activities, except those related to the preservation of life and the coverage of basic services for the population,” the National Alliance for Justice said in a statement. and Democracy, which brings together entrepreneurs, students and sectors of civil society.

The text was read at a press conference by José Adán Aguerri, president of the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (Cosep), indicating that the cessation of activities will start at 00:00 local time on Thursday and end 24 hours later.

The country has been semi-paralyzed for almost two months by a wave of protests against the government, which began on April 18 against a failed social security reform.

“We urge all business owners, small and medium entrepreneurs, independent professionals and self-employed occupations to close their establishments,” said the statement of those calling for strike.

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