All this situation is breaking my heart. There is at least one student dead by the police and Orteguistas. Police is supposed to protect people and instead they are attacking them, attacking elderly, neighbors who support and protect the students. We are fearing for own safety. They are already cutting off power, water. It seems this situation is going to spread to the rest of the country since all are affected.
MANAGUA (Reuters) - Thousands of Nicaraguans took to the streets in protest for a second straight day on Thursday as discontent grew over controversial changes to social security that will increase worker and employer payments and reduce future pensions
Students in the capital Managua took over of the National University of Engineering, hurling stones and Molotov cocktails as they faced off with riot police, who responded by firing tear gas and rubber bullets.
The protests grew in intensity as pensioners were joined by businessmen and university students in several cities.
Nicaragua’s vice president and wife of President Daniel Ortega, Rosario Murillo, justified the police response as legitimate defense against “tiny groups.”
In Masaya, a stronghold of Ortega’s left-wing Sandinista movement, hundreds of marchers were attacked with sticks by government supporters, leaving some injured.
Local television station “100% Noticias,” which was broadcasting the protests live, had its signal abruptly cut. The television station took to Twitter to call the move “arbitrary and illegal.”
With the changes which were signed into law earlier this week, employees will now have to contribute 7 percent of their salary to social security, up from a current 6.25 percent.
Employers will have to contribute 22.5 percent of salaries from a current 19 percent.
Pensioners will also have 5 percent of their pension taken out to be used for medical expenses.
The changes to the pension system are aimed at shoring up Nicaragua’s social security system.
Reporting by Oswaldo Rivas; Writing by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Tom Brown
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2-Year Probe Into Prince’s Death: Prosecutor To Announce Results
Authorities will release the results of a two-year investigation into the death of pop icon Prince. The findings are expected to confirm how the singer obtained the prescription meds that led to his death. (Elsa | Getty Images)
Two years after iconic singer Prince passed away, authorities will finally release their findings as to the cause of his death.
Finally Getting Answers
Prince Rogers Nelson's death, which was ruled to have been from an accidental drug overdose, has been thoroughly investigated over the past 24 months. Now, Minnesota prosecutors are ready to release an official statement.
Carver County Attorney Mark Metz will announce the results of the investigation on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The main revelation is whether anyone will face charges as a result of the investigation. The county sheriff's office reviewed the case thoroughly over the past week.
Peter Ivy, the chief deputy county attorney, told the press on Tuesday that prosecutors would be ready to announce something very soon.
An Accidental Overdose
The legendary musician was just 57 years old when he died. The singer was found unconscious at his Minnesota home on April 21, 2016. The results of an autopsy subsequently revealed that he died of an accidental fentanyl overdose.
The synthetic opioid, for which Prince had no prescription, is 50 times more powerful than heroin. The Associated Press obtained a toxicology report back in March, revealing excessively high levels of the drug in the musician's bloodstream.
Police conducted a thorough search of the estate and looked into internal records to find out how the musician obtained the drug. They located numerous pills, many of which were stored in vitamin bottles and envelopes, among various other hiding places.
A Private Struggle
Prince's drug-related death came as a massive shock to those close to him, who knew him to be extremely dedicated to clean-living and devoted to Jehovah's Witnesses. Subsequent reports revealed, however, that the iconic performer suffered from intense pain following years of touring and, as a result, he may have been self-medicating.
He was reportedly struggling with addiction and withdrawal, particularly in his later years. He had several but ultimately unsuccessful attempts to stay clean.
The singer collapsed on a flight just a week before his death. As a result, the aircraft made an emergency landing. He was reportedly revived with two doses of a drug antidote to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
Federal prosecutors and the Drug Enforcement Administration opened an investigation following Prince's death. They looked into how the musician obtained numerous pills that the police found scattered throughout his property while investigating his death.