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Arab Spring, Now Latino Winter? Protests for Change Have Hit Panama and Now Nicargagua

Article Summary:

Hundreds of former Nicarguan military personal kept closed for the second consecutive day the Interamerican Highway north as leverage for the government to meet their social and economic demands.

Original Article Text From La Prensa Nicaragua via Google Translate :

Former Military Kept Locked Pan-American Highway

Hundreds of former military remained closed Wednesday for the second consecutive day, the Interamerican Highway north as leverage for the government to meet their social and economic leaders of the protest reported.

The protesters, who remain on the North American way up to Sébaco, 103 kilometers north of Managua, require the presence of a congressional committee that meets their demands.

The former soldiers demanding a law that gives them benefits such as annuities, health care, housing and farmland.

The president of the legislative committee of Government and Human Rights, the Sandinista Filiberto Rodriguez, told reporters that the government “is not able to give immediate solution” to these demands.

Rodriguez said the former military that the country should consider just “taking off” economically and urged them to be inserted into social programs and the development plan promoted by the government.

The road closure caused discontent American carriers and residents, who complain about the delays they suffer.

Around the affected area are posted dozens of riot police, who have abstained from intervening.

Most ex-soldiers who lead the protest were sent into retirement in accordance with the plans to reduce the Army adopted in 1990, after the end of the war between the Sandinista government of the time and the right counter-guerrilla.

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