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16 killed in Mother's Day marches across Nicaragua as calls for new elections grow

16 killed in Mother's Day marches across Nicaragua as calls for new elections grow

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MANAGUA, May 31 (UPI) -- At least 16 people died during protest marches on Nicaragua's Mother's Day in several cities across the country hours after business leaders called for new elections. Organizers planned the marches, called "Mothers of April," to protest the more than 70 people allegedly killed by police and pro-government gangs during protests in April against President Daniel Ortega's plan to raise social security taxes and cut benefits, human rights advocates said. That plan was shelved, but the protests grew into a movement against state violence and Ortega himself. Wednesday's marches were a continuation of these protests -- but resulted in more deaths as demonstrators came under attack by armed gunmen. The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights -- also identified as CENIDH using...
'Hora Cero': The Venezuelan crisis through one young mother's eyes

'Hora Cero': The Venezuelan crisis through one young mother's eyes

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"Upheaval" describes everyday life in Venezuela. The South American country has been mired in an economic, political and humanitarian crisis that has spilled into the streets, with almost daily protests affecting the lives of 30 million people who either participate in them or are forced to navigate through roadblocks and debris. In cities and towns across the country, people have come out by the thousands since early April to protest a government many no longer recognize as legitimate. Since then, the streets of the capital, Caracas, have become the backdrop for a deadly battle of wills between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and a coalition of opposition groups intent on ousting him. Maduro has called the protests a violent attempt to overthrow his government. But behind ...