Police clash with opposition protesters in Nicaragua

Protesters clash with police during a opposition demonstration in Nicaragua who are calling for the country’s political prisoners to be freed. IMAGES

Political prisoners are released from prison in Nicaragua

Dozens of political prisoners who were arrested during protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega, including marathon runner Alex Vanegas, are released from prison in Managua, Nicaragua, ahead of long-awaited peace talks with the opposition. IMAGES

Ex-Costa Rican president accused of assaults

Emma Daly, communications director for Human Rights Watch, says former Costa Rican president Oscar Arias groped her in a hotel lobby in Nicaragua in 1990 when she was working as a young journalist based in Costa Rica. (Feb. 7)

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Repression keeps tourists away from Nicaragua’s Ometepe Island

A hunt for opposition protesters that a paramilitary anti-riot squad has waged on the Nicaraguan island of Ometepe has scared away tourists, who used to flock in their hundreds to visit the heavenly destination.

What The Migrant Caravan Outside Mexico City Is Really Like (HBO)

More than 5,000 migrants have arrived in Mexico City after a grueling 1,000-mile journey across three countries in just as many weeks.

Police, city employees, humanitarian aid groups and countless volunteers converged on Jesus Martinez stadium, a sports venue that has been converted into a temporary shelter for the thousands expected to arrive from Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Honduras.

Mexico City is the caravan’s longest pit stop so far. The first among the group trickled into the city on Saturday with thousands more arriving in the days since. No decision has been made on when to resume the trek northward, but there is talk among the migrants that it could be as soon as this weekend.

In the meantime, migrants have received medical treatment, rummaged through piles of donated clothes, and lined up to make quick calls home in stations set up by the Red Cross.

“The caravan has been a lot harder than I thought,” said Jonathan Suazo Rodriguez, a 23-year-old migrant from Colon, Honduras.“I’ve thought about turning back, but then I think what you have to endure back home, and I have to keep moving forward.”

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has been encouraging them to stay— offering asylum, visas, and jobs to any migrant who wants it, stepping up the weeks-long effort to halt the advance US-bound caravan that became the rallying cry for Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric leading up to Tuesday’s midterm elections.

“We’re operating under the assumption that at least half of them will stay in the city or the country” said Nashieli Ramirez, ombudsman for the city’s human rights commission. “These people need to receive all the pertinent information and then make their own decision.”

So far, close to 3,000 migrants have taken them up on that offer, according to Mexican officials, but thousands more are still determined to reach the United States southern border.

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Nicaraguans say they face threats if they don’t support Ortega

Public workers in Nicaragua say they are forced to go to pro-government marches, to show support for President Daniel Ortega, fearing that they will lose their job if they refuse to participate.

14 year old Axel, one of the thousands of migrants bound for US

14 year old Axel Palacios, bound to a wheelchair after receiving a piece of shrapnel in his right leg, flees Nicaragua with his family and crosses Mexico in the hope of reaching the United States.

Nicaragua flooding leaves 14 dead

At least five people died as a result of flooding in Nicaragua on Thursday, bringing to fourteen the number to have died since the floods began in early October.