Journalist shot dead during live broadcast in Nicaragua

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It increased pension contributions for workers and employers and reduced overall benefits by 5%.

Silvio Báez, auxiliary bishop of Managua, has denounced country that rioters shot at Mansalvo against some 2,000 young people protesting in atrium of parish of Santiago, in Jinotepe, a city located 32 kilometers from Managua. At least one protest march was planned for Monday. Four hours later, the business leaders rejected the offer of dialogue with Ortega and demanded an end to the repression. "Anti-riot police had been using rubber bullets, but not anymore - they are using live rounds", he said.

Mr Ortega, in a bid to calm the protests, agreed Saturday to hold a dialogue with the private sector on reforming the social security law.

Looting was seen at stores in Managua.

Angel Gahona just told me in a Facebook Live about the attack on a Bank in the city of Bluefields on the Caribbean coast when it was shot.

Neither authorities in Managua, nor Lissett Guido, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross in Nicaragua, were immediately able to independently confirm details of the incident, which quickly spread onto national, global and social media.

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Anti-government protesters pull down one of two metal tree sculptures that are emblematic of the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, at the Jean Paul Jennie round-about in Managua, Nicaragua, Saturday, April 21, 2018.

"The ability to buy food and gasoline may be limited and access to the Sandino airport in Managua may be blocked, while both the Government of Nicaragua and the USA embassy are limited in the assistance they can offer", the State Department said today in a press release.

"We condemn the violence and the excessive force used by police and others against civilians who are exercising their constitutional right to freedom of expression and assembly", it said. Guido of the Red Cross could not confirm any new total, saying only that she was aware of more deaths. The protests began Wednesday in capital, when hundreds of critics of government came toger in a mall. That number could not be independently verified.

Videos and photos posted on Nicaraguan media showed people standing ready to defend their stores, while others formed lines to stock up on gasoline and food in case of shortages.

Nicaragua has been one of Central America's more stable countries, mostly eschewing the upheaval caused by gang violence or political upheaval that has affected nearby Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Ortega said the Nicaraguan Institute for Social Security had voted to revoke the resolution approved on April 16, which meant to increase employer contributions while decrease the overall benefits.

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