Rival protesters march in Nicaragua amidst unrest

In Nicaragua, Pro- and anti-Ortega groups marched on the streets of Managua on Saturday amidst months of unrest that has tested the rule of the leftist government led by President Daniel Ortega.

Nicaragua has been racked by civil unrest since protests broke out in April against former Marxist guerrilla leader Ortega and his Sandinistas over plans to cut welfare benefits.

Ortega scrapped the cuts, but the violent repression of dissent sparked wider protests, leading to accusations that the president increasingly resembles former dictator Anastasio Somoza, whom he helped to topple nearly 40 years ago.

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