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Posted: Monday, April 30, 2018. 12:49 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:Protests and civil unrest continues in Nicaragua after 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.

Thousands of students have since walked out of their universities and civil unrest has erupted in many towns and cities.

It has sparked the deadliest and most violent wave of protests in President Ortega’s eleven years in office.

During the first week of protests, the government ordered cable companies to take down 4 national television stations off air. Several public buildings have also been destroyed.

After two weeks of unrest, the government announced that they were scrapping the new social security law, however, the protests did not cease.

The violent clashes with civilians and police eased down but peaceful protests continue with demonstrators now calling for Ortega’s resignation.

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