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Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2018. 8:00 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Officials have confirmed that 10 people have died as a result of violent clashes between civilians and police in Nicaragua this week.

Nicaraguans are protesting a new Social Security law passed by President Daniel Ortega’s government. The law increases employer and employee contributions but decreases the overall pension amount by five percent.

The protests have turned violent and are now the most significant protests in Ortega’s 11 years in office.

Nicaragua’s Vice President, Rosario Murillo said that the government was open to dialogue.

This has been the deadliest wave of unrest in Nicaragua in Ortega’s term.

The protest began last  Wednesday when thousands took to the streets in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital and were then joined by students and workers.

Over 100 people have been injured as the demonstrations turned violent.

According to reports, several public buildings have been set on fire. Students from Polytechnic University in Managua have barricaded their campus.

Four national televisions stations have been taken off the air since the government allegedly ordered major them off after covering the protests live.

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