In 2018, the country of Nicaragua experienced a state of deep political turmoil demonstrating against the social security reforms led by President, Daniel Ortega. Overall, these reforms increased taxes, and decreased the benefits of living for the people, those who have already experienced a deep state of poverty.
Peaceful Turned Violent
These peaceful protests began with the elderly and young adults. With no reform taking place, the demonstrations intensified throughout the country. The retaliations from the government turned the protests violent to the extent of casualty of the people, imprisonment, and wounded. Essentially, the government of Nicaragua violated the human rights and freedom of speech and expression of the people.
On May 2, 2018, the police had blocked a march from the students of Central American University (UCA) to the National Assembly, with students instead marching to the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua (UPOLI) to show solidarity with other groups established there. Soon after pro-Ortega troops had appeared on their journey, the students opted to reinforce UPTOLI's barricade. The next day, troops of the Nicaraguan armed forces and police assaulted UPOLI in the early morning at about 1:00 a.m. dispersing students stationed at the university. The incident left six students injured, one in critical condition. Based on what has transpired, many people have attempted to leave the country and take refuge in Costa Rica, Honduras, and several other countries.
The NICA Act
On December 20, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Nica Act, a law exhibited a variety of financial sanctions on the Nicaraguan government, and on migration to those involved in violations of human rights. This Act, is taking effective steps to :
hold free elections overseen by credible domestic and international electoral observers
promote democracy and to reinforce the judicial council
strengthen the rule of law
respect the right to freedom and expression of thought and belief
combat corruption, including investigating and prosecuting corrupt government officials
protect the right of political opposition parties, journalists, trade unionists, human rights defenders, and other civil society activists to operate without interference.
It is always the goal of Nickels for Nicaragua to make absolutely certain that all funds to support our organization goes directly to La Fatima without the interception of criminal activity. Especially during this time, people need YOUR help. The organization needs help more than ever because now, times are even harder. Any monetary donations are appreciated.
Below, are pictures taken to give you insight of what once were busy and safe streets to walk on, were no longer occupied by the Nicaraguan people for their safety.
"Prohibited to Pass"