Managua, Nicaragua, Apr 24, 2018 / 12:08 pm
As violent clashes continue between security forces and anti-government protestors in Nicaragua, an eye witness has said the country's underlying problem is the president's authoritarian bent.
Nicaraguans began protesting in the streets of Managua April 18 following the government's announcement of reforms to the country's social security system. The army has been deployed and as many as 27 people have been killed.
The social security reforms were abandoned April 22 by president Daniel Ortega, but protests have increased over what is seen as an overly harsh response to protesting pensioners.
Nicaragua "is living under a dictatorship with the facade of democracy," a priest working in the country told CNA.