Dialogue between president and protesters follows a month of public unrest sparked by social security reforms in which at least 65 people have died

Protesters berated Nicaragua’s president, Daniel Ortega, on Wednesday and demanded his removal at the start of “peace” talks designed to defuse weeks of unrest and deadly repression in which scores have been killed.

Critics chanted “Asesino!” or “Killer!” as Ortega and his vice-president and first lady, Rosario Murillo, arrived at a seminary in the capital, Managua, for the talks, which come nearly a month after public rage over social security reforms erupted into the biggest political challenge to the former Marxist revolutionary since his return to power in 2007.

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