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The city in the heart of the Nicaraguan opposition movement



For weeks, the city of Masaya in Nicaragua has been the heart of an opposition movement seeking to overthrow President Daniel Ortega. In this video, Times reporters Brent McDonald and Neil Collier went behind the makeshift barricades to meet the residents who led the resistance.

Over the past three months, tens of thousands of Nicaraguans have protested against the Ortega government. The demonstrations have led to deadly clashes with police and paramilitary forces, killing nearly 300 people, including several police and many students.

Neither side has shown signs of yielding. The government accuses the protesters of attempting a coup d'état. They say that Ortega undermines the country's democracy and abuses its power by exceeding term limits and influencing local elections. He has rejected calls for resignation and early elections.

Masaya had become one of the few places in Nicaragua where police were struggling to take control. But that changed this week when Mr. Ortega's breakthrough finally broke through.


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