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Police, Pro-Government Mob Crack Down On Pension Protests In Nicaragua

ISSN:1089-1560
LADB Article ID: 79020
Category/Department: Nicaragua
Date: 2013-07-11
By: Benjamin Witte-Lebhar

An auxiliary bishop in Nicaragua’s Catholic Church is among those accusing President Daniel Ortega and his Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN)-led government of "state terrorism" following a series of chaotic protests regarding senior pension benefits. The turbulent events began on Monday, June 17, when a group of approximately 100 viejitos (old folks), as local media dubbed them, occupied the Instituto Nicaragüense de Seguridad Social (INSS) in Managua. The protestors are all members of the Unidad Nacional del Adulto Mayor (UNAM), who claim that roughly 15,000 retired Nicaraguans receive zero government pension money despite having paid into the system for at least five years.

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