Protests in Nicaragua Continue
Thousands of demonstrators rallied around Managua, Nicaragua, on Monday to protest the violent response of police to demonstrators and to demand the resignation of President Daniel Ortega. Protests began last week over President Ortega’s proposed changes to the welfare system. The initially peaceful protests turned violent after police allegedly used live ammunition on demonstrators, along with tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets, as protesters threw rocks and maintained barricades. At least 10 people were killed while hundreds more were arrested. President Ortega has since canceled the welfare system overhaul.
For Nicaragua, we lift prayers, Lord. For the people who are poor, for those whose voices are silenced, for those treated as less than human, we offer prayers for courage and justice. We pray that President Ortega and others in power will use their positions for the good of all the Nicaraguan people.