Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has revoked the controversial social security reforms that triggered violent clashes (see video below) between demonstrators and government security forces.
Some in Congress want to pass the Nica Act, which would withhold U.S. loans and funding to Nicaragua unless Ortega, (now in his third consecutive term), agrees to democratic reforms that include new elections, protections for journalists and fighting corruption. and fighting corruption.
In response to the revoked social security reforms, a new U.S. State Department Travel Advisory states, “On April 23, 2018, the U.S. government ordered the departure of U.S. government family members and authorized the departure of U.S. government personnel.
Political rallies and demonstrations are occurring daily, often with little notice or predictability. Some protests result in injuries and deaths. Demonstrations typically elicit a strong response that has in the past included includes the use of tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and live ammunition against participants and occasionally have devolved into looting, vandalism, and acts of arson. Ability to purchase food and fuel may be limited, and access to the Sandino airport in Managua may be blocked. Both the Government of Nicaragua and the U.S. Embassy in Managua are limited in the assistance they can provide. Travel by U.S. government personnel within Nicaragua is restricted, and additional restrictions on movements by U.S. government personnel outside of U.S. diplomatic facilities may be put in place at any time, depending on local circumstances and security conditions, which can change suddenly.
Violent crime, such as sexual assault and armed robbery, is common. Police presence and emergency response are extremely limited outside of major urban areas. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from using public buses and mototaxis and from entering the Oriental Market in Managua and gentlemen’s clubs throughout the country due to crime. U.S. government personnel require special authorization to travel to the Northern and Southern Caribbean Coast Autonomous Regions due to crime and transportation safety concerns.”
This level 3 warning of the 4 level travel advisory includes the Caribbean Cruise Ports of San Juan del Sur and Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua. San Juan del Sur. Situated along the Pacific in southwestern Nicaragua, the coastal town of San Juan Del Sur is one of the country’s most popular vacation destinations.
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Video: Nicaraguan President Revokes Social Security Reforms That Led To Deadly Protests