(CHRISTIAN TODAY) – Nicaragua's Christians have urged the government to stop the 'appalling violence' that has seen hundreds of people killed in a vicious crackdown on protesters.
The government of President Daniel Ortega has been under pressure since Ortega proposed reducing pension benefits to cover a budget shortfall. Protests quickly spiralled to encompass a range of concerns including what demonstrators describe as the government's control of the media, electoral fraud, manipulation of the justice system and corruption, as well as Ortega's 'family dictatorship' running the country with his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo.
Almost 300 people have died at the hands of police and heavily armed supporters during the last three months and 1830 people have been injured.
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The head of the World Council of Churches, Rev Dr Olav Fyske Tveit, said: 'We call on the government of president Daniel Ortega to cease the appalling violence and to protect the population.' He described the current state repression level as 'unacceptable.'