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The state department has ordered relatives of US government employees based in Nicaragua to leave the Central American country.
The violence was sparked by a government plan to overhaul its pension system. Last week, President Daniel Ortega approved a plan to raise contributions from workers and their employers to help fund the country's struggling pension system. The plan also called for cuts in benefits.
[...] The government argued welfare changes are needed to bolster Nicaragua’s finances, and Ortega said talks would be held to draft a new plan to strengthen the social security system.
But the government was stung by the protests, which one human rights group said had taken at least 25 lives. Stores in Managua were looted over the weekend.