6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Turmoil in Nicaragua: Is There an End in Sight?

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This event was streamed live on the Wilson Center's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/woodrowwilsoncenter/

Since April 2018, Nicaragua has been rocked by street protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega. Amidst harsh measures that criminalize social protest, the government arrested over two dozen opposition activists and leaders on Sunday, October 14th, subsequently releasing them after an international outcry.

According to the OAS Inter-American Human Rights Commission, over 300 people have been killed, the majority of them anti-government demonstrators. A broad civic alliance consisting of the private sector, student, labor, and human rights groups, and intellectuals has demanded an end to the repression, the resignation of Ortega, and the holding of early elections. Attempts by the Catholic Church to mediate a dialogue have thus far failed.

On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, we discussed these critical issues with our panelists.

This event was held in Spanish and English, without simultaneous translation.



Image Source:  Flickr




  • Shelley McConnell

    Associate Professor of Government St. Lawrence University
  • Lesther Alemán

    Student of Communications, Universidad Centroamericana Member of Alianza Cívica's Political Committee
  • Jeancarlo López

    Student of Engineering, National Autonomous University of Nicaragua Member of Alianza Cívica's Political Committee
  • Douglas Castro

    Professor & Researcher, Universidad Centroamericana Member of Alianza Cívica's Political Committee