Fears unrest over social security reforms may grow as more demonstrators join in and the state responds with heavy hand

At least five people have died during three days of violent protests that have spread across Nicaragua in response to government reforms of the social security system.

The violence follows the decision of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) government to push through reforms to the national social security system in response to the financial crisis affecting the National Social Security Institute (INSS).

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