"I'm very anxious over what's happening these days in Nicaragua, where, following a social protest, clashes took place that even caused some victims", he said.
Speaking to tens of thousands of people during his Sunday address in St Peter's Square, Rome, Francis called for "an end to every form of violence" and asked people "to avoid the useless shedding of blood".
The violent demonstrations were triggered from the new social security measures, which advanced by the Nicaraguan Institute of Social Security (INSS), establish an increase in contribution and a deduction of five percent from pensions. President Daniel Ortega was scheduled to speak Saturday afternoon. Left-leaning, he's the leader of the Sandinista National Liberation Front, named after Augusto César Sandino, who led the Nicaraguan resistance against the United States occupation of Nicaragua in the 1930s.
Ortega said Saturday that his government is willing to enter into talks over social security reforms that have sparked four days of protests and clashes in which, rights monitors say, at least 25 people have died.
Protests also arose after the government fast-tracked legislation in 2013 granting Hong Kong-based HKND a 50-year concession, renewable for another 50, to build and operate a trans-oceanic canal across Nicaragua in return for a payment of $10 million a year once it's up and running. Also, as more as tens of shops at the capital of the country, Managua were plundered. "You have woken the nation up".
Student protesters and a business group called COSEP have demanded the release of the protesters that were arrested over the past few days.
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"We stand firm. They will not wear us out".
Besides Gahona at least 25 others have been killed since Wednesday in unrest over social security reforms planned by President Daniel Ortega's government, according to a human rights group. When they arrived on the ground, the students applauded. The kids do not even know the party that is manipulating them. Some local media reports said a police sniper was suspected to be responsible. The cause you have is one of social justice.
The Central American country's main private business association - an ally of Ortega during his 11 years in power - said it would go ahead with an anti-government march on Monday.
"We have to be attentive when it comes to ideologies, because they search for their own interests, economic and political", Baez said. However, many people aren't buying it, saying the property damage and looting were staged in order to allow the police to use excessive force against protesters.
A journalist who was covering the protests was among those killed, El 19 Digital reported. By Sunday, only one was still barred.