Americas How Nicaragua protests snapped Ortega's power grab

More than a week of rare nationwide protests in Nicaragua have forced President Daniel Ortega onto the defensive after a decade of increasing authoritarianism. Church leaders are mediating talks with civil society. 

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On a grassy embankment in Managua, dozens of metal crosses with black flags honoring the dead and disappeared stand as a coda to more than a week of anti-government unrest. Beside the makeshift memorial, protesters dressed in black chant, “They weren’t criminals, they were students!”