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Down in Cigar-Land people seem to tire of Daniel Ortega, again:

Mr Ortega has offered talks but protest leaders have refused, saying police violence must stop first.

Government buildings have been damaged or set on fire, and troops have been deployed in several cities.

Students from Polytechnic University in Managua have barricaded their campus. At least 100 people have been injured.

Pope Francis has called for an end to the violence and for differences to “be resolved peacefully and with a sense of responsibility.”

One human rights group reported that the death toll was more than 25.

Ortega got his political start as a student protester. Full circle. The funding, or lack thereof, for government pensions is and/or will be a sore point from Managua to Paris to Hartford.

No word whether this has reached Esteli or Jalapa. Leave the leaves out of this, please.

Y’all stay safe.

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Increased “contributions” and decreased benefits. Americans take note. AFP/BBC.

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