DEMONSTRATORS returned the streets of Nicaragua’s capital Managua on Sunday as church-mediated peace talks appeared to have collapsed.
A two-day truce had been agreed between Daniel Ortega’s government and opposition groups as part of talks aimed at bringing an end to escalating political violence across the country.
At least 63 people are believed to have been killed in clashes with police since protests started last month over government social reforms. An estimated 500 have been injured.
Mr Ortega called for a truth and justice commission to investigate the unrest, but opposition groups rejected his proposal, claiming it did not have the support of the country.
They insisted that investigations should be carried out by a delegation of the Washington-based Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Fears have been raised that legitimate concerns are being manipulated by US-backed groups seeking regime change in Nicaragua.
Talks are scheduled to take place in Managua today in an attempt to find a peaceful solution to the unrest.
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