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Political And Civil Unrest Has Been Raging In Nicaragua After A Change Was Made To The Social Security System

On Sunday, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega cancelled plans to change the countries social security system after five days of protests and civil unrest. The protests began last Wednesday as college students picketed against the proposed social security overhaul. Ortega on Sunday acknowledged the deadly protests and called for the civil unrest to end as looting and riots began to target businesses.

Twenty-six people are confirmed dead and more than 120 people have been injured due to the civil unrest and protests.

The video above shows the peaceful protests turning violent quickly as police force civilians out of the area. Protestors are angry with the government’s decision to change the structure of Nicaragua’s social security system, which includes an increase in taxes and a decrease in benefits.

Angel Gahona, a journalist who was reporting live via Facebook on protests in the southern city of Bluefields was killed by gunshot.

Dozens of shops in Managua, the capitol of Nicaragua, were looted due to protests and civilian push back caused by the government’s social security reform.

“We are in the streets asking for Ortega and his wife to go. This has already gone beyond the social security issue. Here there have been dead, wounded, and he does not even apologize for his killings or the savage repression against the people,” Mauri Hernandez, one of thousands of demonstrators at a central rotunda told NBC News.

Young people have been at the forefront of the protests taking to the streets and utilizing social media with the hashtag #PrayForNicaragua and #SOSNicaragua.

The rallies, led by students, workers and business leaders, have targeted Ortega who has held a tight grip on power since winning the presidency in 2007 with only 38 percent of the vote. Various demonstrations began peacefully, with protesters waving signs and chanting, “Viva Nicaragua libre!” (“Long live a free Nicaragua!”). Government officials clashed with protesters using tear gas and rubber bullets.

There has been support across the globe for the people of Nicaragua from Los Angeles…

To Germany…

And Canada.

The United States pulled some employees and their families from the embassy in Nicaragua. On Monday, The State Department raised the threat level for Nicaragua following the deadly protests, and is urging Americans to reconsider traveling to the country. “Violent crime, such as sexual assault and armed robbery, is common,” the department said in a statement. “Police presence and emergency response are extremely limited outside of major urban areas.”

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

A massive protest movement that swept across Colombia seems to have paid off – at least in the short term – as President Ivan Duque says that he will withdrawal the controversial tax plan that sent angry protesters into the streets. However, the protests claimed at least 17 victims who died during the unrest and hundreds more were injured.

Now that the president has withdrawn the controverial bill, many are wondering what’s next and will they have to take to the streets once again.

Massive protests claimed the lives of at least 17 people and hundreds more were injured across Colombia.

Unions and other groups kicked off marches on Wednesday to demand the government of President Ivan Duque withdraw a controversial tax plan that they say unfairly targets the most vulnerable Colombians.

Isolated vandalism, clashes between police and protesters and road blockades occurred in several cities on Saturday, and riot police were deployed in the capital.

Rights organization Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of possible police abuse in Cali, and local human rights groups alleged up to 17 deaths occurred.

After a week of protests, the government has shelved the controversial plan.

Faced with the unrest, the government of President Ivan Duque on Sunday ordered the proposal be withdrawn from Congress where it was being debated. In a televised statement, he said his government would work to produce new proposals and seek consensus with other parties and organizations.

President Duque, in his statement, acknowledged “it is a moment for the protection of the most vulnerable, an invitation to build and not to hate and destroy”.

“It is a moment for all of us to work together without paltriness,” he added. “A path of consensus, of clear perceptions. And it gives us the opportunity to say clearly that there will be no increase in VAT for goods and services.”

The tax reform had been heavily criticized for punishing the middle classes at a time of economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The government introduced the bill on April 15 as a means of financing public spending. The aim was to generate $6.3 billion between 2022 and 2031 to reignite the fourth largest economy in Latin America.

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

Months of investigations on Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani officially came to a head Wednesday morning.

The former New York City mayor’s dealings with Ukraine officials in 2019 have been under scrutiny for months by authorities who have been investigating allegations Giuliani lobbied for powerful Ukrainian interests. The investigations have also looked into claims that Giuliani also solicited the Ukrainian government for damaging information on President Joe Biden when he was running against Trump in the 2020 election.

There is also the matter of allegations that Giuliani attempted to find information on Biden’s son Hunter, who was part of the board of an energy company in Ukraine.

Federal investigators executed a search warrant on Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home on Wednesday morning.

The search was part of a criminal investigation into Giuliani‘s activities with Ukraine. According to The New York Times, “Prosecutors obtained the search warrants as part of an investigation into whether Mr. Giuliani broke lobbying laws as President Trump’s personal lawyer.”

Federal agents seized cellphones and other electronic devices as part of the investigation. The search warrant took place around 6 a.m. at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment on Madison Avenue and his Park Avenue office in Manhattan.

The execution of a search warrant against the former president’s lawyer is particularly shocking.

The warrant comes as a major development in the investigation that has been ongoing for some time and examines the former- mayor’s conduct during Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial.

“It was also a remarkable moment in Mr. Giuliani’s long arc as a public figure,” noted New York Times. “As mayor, Mr. Giuliani won national recognition for steering New York through the dark days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and earlier in his career, he led the same U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan that is investigating him now, earning a reputation as a hard-charging prosecutor who took on organized crime and corrupt politicians.”

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