PressTV-US orders non-emergency personnel to leave Nicaragua

The United States on Friday ordered all of its non-emergency personnel to leave crisis-stricken Nicaragua amid a wave of anti-government protests and violence that has left 230 dead, the embassy in the capital Managua said.

The US “ordered the departure of non-emergency US government personnel” and urged citizens to reconsider traveling to Nicaragua due to “crime, civil unrest, and limited healthcare availability,” according to a statement.

“Heavily armed, government-controlled parapolice forces in civilian clothing, sometimes numbering in the hundreds, operate in large parts of the country, including Managua,” it warned, also advising citizens to avoid demonstrations, which began in April.

Protesters are demanding elections be brought forward, or the resignation of President Daniel Ortega, whom they accuse of establishing a dictatorship with his wife and vice president Rosario Murillo.

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