Nicaragua bishops call for dialogue on protests

Paola Ditto
Mag 17, 2018

Government spokeswoman and Vice President Rosario Murillo said the government has agreed to start a national dialogue mediated by the Roman Catholic Church as soon as possible.

After nearly a month of violence, clashes and vandalism with a balance of deaths and injuries yet to be determined, the government and different sectors of society sat down at the table to try to find a solution that would restore stability and tranquility to Nicaraguans.

The conversations will start at 10:00 a.m. local time at the Our Lady of Fatima church in Managua.

'After hearing the clamor from a vast majority of society and aware of the serious situation in our country, and even when the circumstances for such dialogue are not ideal, we announce its beginning, ' Brenes said.

Our president will be at the dialogue table.

The Episcopal Conference will act as a mediator and witness to the talks but says it does not have all the solutions for the particular questions that may arise.

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Meanwhile, as the hours pass, expectations around the dialogue are increasing, since diverse social forces will be part of it.

"We hope that this dialogue structurally takes up the topic of the institutions of the country with the objective to lead the way to democracy", said the archbishop of Managua in a press conference.

The IACHR welcomes the positive response from the State of Nicaragua, which gave its consent to the visit through a letter dated May 13, 2018.

Anti-government protests began in mid-April, following a controversial social security overhaul.

Ortega addressed Nicaraguans in a brief message Saturday, describing events in Masaya as painful and calling for an end to the violence.

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