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At least 10 killed in protests against pension reform plan in Nicaragua

Staff Writer |
Violent protests against a proposed change to Nicaragua's pension system have left at least 10 people dead over two days, the government said on Friday.

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In the biggest protests in President Daniel Ortega's 11 years in office in this poor Central American country, people are angry over the plan because workers and employers would have to chip in more toward the retirement system.

The government is willing to hold a dialogue and Ortega will issue a formal call on Saturday, Vice President Rosario Murillo said, adding: "At least 10 compatriots have died."

Demonstrations rocked the capital Managua and nearby cities for a third day.

The new law, besides increasing employer and employee contributions, would cut the overall pension amount by five percent.

Four independent television outlets were taken off the air after they broadcast the demonstrations on Thursday, and two were still blocked on Friday.


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