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>> A new wave of protests seized the Nicaraguan capital of Managua this week as support from President Daniel Ortega continues to fade. On Monday, students and demonstrators took over a university. They hurled rocks and set fire to the offices of a pro-government radio station. Protests have gone on for over a month.
Last week, talks towards a truce and then quickly fell apart when another university rally was attacked by police. The protests erupted in April after controversial changes to social security. Mandatory worker contributions to the scheme were increased and pensions were reduced. The government responded with a crackdown that left 77 dead and more than 800 injured.
The violence has raised questions even among staunch supporters of Ortega such as those in the Catholic church and the military. The economy has taken a hit from road blockades set up by demonstrators. But even still, many in the private sector openly back the protests. Calls for Ortega to step down have come from a growing alliance of students, farmers, politicians, and academics.
However, so far, he's given no response. If he were to resign, it would bring to an end one of the longest standing leftist governments in Latin America and a steadfast ally for socialist Venezuela.