"This Is Mushrooming" - Nicaragua Teeters On The Brink Of Revolution As US Pulls Diplomats

For the first time since the late 1970s, Nicaragua is on the brink of a revolution as tens of thousands of protesters throng the streets of the capitol Managua and a host of other towns to demand the resignation of President Daniel Ortega, a former left-wing dictator-turned-democrat who led the Sandinistas to during the Nicaraguan Revolution.

Ortega, who gave up power after losing an election in 1990 but remained a popular opposition figure and was elected president in 2006, has been criticized for his autocratic rule, political repressions and - most recently - for proposing social security reforms that would involve Nicaraguans paying more into the system while reducing payouts by 5%, according to Al Jazeera.

Ortega has aligned his government with the governments of Cuba and Venezuela, though Nicaragua's economy achieved 5% GDP growth last year. Still, it remains the poorest country in Central America.

The country's Social Security Institute's deficit has tripled in three years to $77 million as of 2017, prompting the push by Ortega for reform.

The protests are the biggest to sweep the country since Ortega returned to power.

While Monday's protest was organized by business groups and was markedly less violent than the previous five days of demonstrations - which resulted in the deaths of 25 protesters at the hands of Nicaraguan security forces - Ortega's decision to abandon the controversial social security reform has done little to blunt the opposition's anger.

Local journalist Tim Rogers tweeted a picture of molotov cocktails stowed behind a barricade.

The situation has grown so dire that the US has withdrawn its diplomats from the capitol, as the Financial Times reported. In addition to the killings, hundreds of people have been injured as police have used live ammunition. Dozens of shops in Managua have been looted.


Nicaraguans have been frustrated by what they see as nepotism by "Commandante Daniel" and his wife Rosario Murillo. As they marched through Managua on Monday, demonstrators ripped up the curly "trees of life" planted by Murillo.

"This is mushrooming," José Rizo, a former vice-president, told the FT from his home in northern Nicaragua, as calls for the president to leave multiplied.

Students at the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua, who have been holed up for days and faced assault from security forces, demanded the resignation of the national police chief and other officials. Protesters put up a sign outside the complex saying: “Don’t shoot us.”

Heather Nauert, US Department of State spokeswoman, condemned "the violence and the excessive force used by police and others against civilians".

The demonstrations in Managua echo the violence that unfolded in Venezuela - another Latin American socialist paradise - last summer. And if Ortega should fall, the collapse of his government could inspire Venezuelans to make one last push for the ouster of Nicolas Maduro, who bears the brunt of the blame for the country's financial crisis.


Lt. Frank Drebin Tue, 04/24/2018 - 20:36 Permalink

We should go see if Eric Braverman is down there. Anyone seen him lately or did he get Seth Rich'd?

Really is too bad, Nicaragua has some decent resources but some just plain old crazy levels of corruption, much like mehico. Really the only country I've been to in South America that has their shit together is Chile.

City_Of_Champyinz sodbuster Tue, 04/24/2018 - 23:23 Permalink

I don't give a fuck about Nicaragua

- By Screeching Weasel


We hate your politics & we hate your clothes
& we hate the way you smell 1..2...3!

I don't give a fuck about Nicaragua
I don't give a shit about the President
I don't care about suburban white kids
Trying to show they've got compassion
Politics are boring
Their Politics are fucking boring

Philosophizing propaganda spewing
Teenage armchair revolutionaries
What's the problem? What's the matter?
You're sitting there getting fatter
You say that you hate capitalism
And won't you compromise
But when you're out of cigarettes

You pompous ass your moral outrage
Gives me a fucking headache
Closed your mind got all the answers
Don't even realize you're an asshole
If you had any brains I guess you'd see
You're a narrow minded judgemental left wing NAZI

We hate your politics & we hate your clothes
& we hate the way you smell 1..2...3!

I don't give a fuck about Nicaragua !

I don't give a fuck about Nicaragua !

I don't give a fuck about Nicaragua !

I don't give a fuck about Nicaragua !

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Teja Algo Rhythm Wed, 04/25/2018 - 03:53 Permalink

Well, what I am missing from the article is if Soros is behind the unrests or not. Ortega good guy, supported by the Russians? Or bad guy, because leftist?

Ah, my dualist world view getting scratches here.

By the way, why did ZH not write an article about the recent revolution (or Soros coup??) in Armenia? The last one I saw is some time ago.

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NoPension The_Dude Tue, 04/24/2018 - 21:41 Permalink

Breaking now.... off duty cop (Houston) working Home Depot, trying to detain a beaner ( shoplifting?). Two rookie cops, guy and gal showed up. Beaner shot all three. He was wanted for something else, missed a court date. Imagine that.  

    Rookie guy cop, 27....on life support until his mom arrives....

    Rookie gal, shot in face...critical. No info on off duty who was shot. 

Beaner on the run. Hope this motherfucker dies of lead poisoning. 


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Bemused Observer NoDebt Wed, 04/25/2018 - 08:28 Permalink

Pictures like that always make me imagine them going into town for lunch..."I'll have a thousand grilled cheese sandwiches, to go, one on whole wheat...", with deli workers bringing the coleslaw in wheelbarrows to the San Marcos rebel camp, and the Castroesque leader declaring the new national language to be Swedish.

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A Sentinel Mustafa Kemal Wed, 04/25/2018 - 04:40 Permalink

You may be forgiven if you were a kid 30 years ago. Ortega was the head of the “Sandinista!” scum (The Clash did an album named after them - edgy and all that.

 I guarantee that Sean penn is a HUGE fan.

Ortega, Castro, Che, and honorary club applicant Maduro. A mutual adoration club from the darkest pits of hell.

The corrupt assholes each replaced weren’t good guys - sure- and che got what he had coming from his boss- but Central and South America ARE corruption. It’s better if you can at least get some damn toilet paper.

and what does idiot Ortega think? He convinced everyone that they should take everyone’s stuff as free shit- and now he wants them to pay for it? WHAT? That’s like Bernie saying that price discovery is healthy and markets can distribute scarce resources better than a bunch of old communist men.

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