Fears unrest over social security reforms may grow as more demonstrators join in and the state responds with heavy hand
Violent protests have spread across Nicaragua in response to government reforms of the social security system. Between five and 10 people had been killed by Friday night during three days of rioting, reports said.
The violence follows the decision of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) government to push through reforms to the national social security system in response to the financial crisis affecting the National Social Security Institute (INSS).
The reforms, which went into effect on Wednesday, apply a 5% tax to old-age and disability pensions and increase the contributions paid by both employees and employers. Some reports over Friday night put the death toll.