Nicaragua journalist killed on Facebook Live while covering protests

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The protests have killed at least seven people and injured hundreds more. The AP viewed video from when he was broadcasting live on Facebook via cellphone showing damage to an ATM at the entrance to city hall as riot police advance up a darkened street.

Neither authorities in Managua, nor Lissett Guido, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross in Nicaragua, were immediately able to independently confirm details of the incident, which quickly spread onto national, global and social media.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega remained under pressure on Monday despite backing down on a contentious pension reform plan that triggered four days of violence in which 24 people were killed.

The changes touched off protests across the Central American nation that escalated into clashes with police as well as looting. Someone presses a piece of cloth to try to staunch the bleeding.

Mr Ortega, in a bid to calm the protests, agreed Saturday to hold a dialogue with the private sector on reforming the social security law.

A Nicaraguan police officer aims his weapon at protesting students during a third day of violent clashes in Managua, Nicaragua, April 20, 2018. Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa quoted another journalist as saying only police and groups fighting the protesters were armed there. She could not confirm reports that at least 25 people had died, and said any other fatalities must have occurred in areas the Red Cross had not reached.

Speaking on national television, Mr Ortega renewed calls for the private sector to engage in talks.

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"We urge the government to create these conditions immediately to avoid more bloodshed", COSEP said.

Among the major supporters to the protesters, Polytechnical University of Nicaragua did also shelter a large number of clashes.

"Since the Sandinista Revolution in 1979, we've had the same political leaders, they don't let anyone else come in".

And in an incident that has been widely condemned, a journalist was shot dead while doing a live broadcast about anti-government protests. Soldiers were also sent to the city of Esteli - some 149 kilometers north of Managua to guard public institutions.

But despite criticism of the overhaul coming from business leaders, university students and elderly pensioners, the president publicly blamed right-wing groups for the inciting violence.

Protests broke out on Wednesday, two days after the Nicaraguan government approved a resolution that would increase contributions by workers and employers into the Nicaraguan Institute for Social Security (INSS), while reducing payouts by five percent. "Rectifying decisions is a sign of humanity, listening is the path of reason, seeking peace at all cost is wisdom".

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