Venezuela II? Nicaragua’s Political Crisis Descends Into ‘Dark Days’ – WSJ

A surge of violence has snuffed out economic activity and dimmed prospects to peacefully resolve a revolt against Nicaragua’s longtime leader Daniel Ortega.

MANAGUA, Nicaragua—A surge of violence has snuffed out economic activity and dimmed prospects to peacefully resolve a political crisis here that began as a protest against tax increases and turned into a revolt against Nicaragua’s longtime leader Daniel Ortega.

Since mid-April, more than 100 people have been killed in confrontations with police during mass protests and what human-rights groups say are paramilitary gangs aligned with Mr. Ortega’s government.

Among them were 15 people killed at a peaceful Mother’s Day protest march last month in Managua and 11 people by paramilitary groups and police in the predominantly indigenous city of Masaya this past weekend, including a 15-year-old protester who witnesses say was executed by a policewoman.

— Read on www.wsj.com/articles/nicaraguas-political-crisis-descends-into-dark-days-1528235963

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