Nicaragua strike brings country to standstill as crisis continues

Photo of Nicaragua strike brings country to standstill as crisis continues
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Civic Alliance group called for the strike to demand release of activists charged with terrorism

Shops, banks and businesses across Nicaragua stayed closed on Friday in the latest 24-hour strike called by opposition leaders since protests against the government of Daniel Ortega broke out in April.

In the Centro Comercial, an upscale shopping center in downtown Managua, the usually bustling avenues were empty, save for the watchmen outside shuttered storefronts and a short line of men waiting to use the ATM outside a closed bank.

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