Opposition calls for a return to the streets as talks between government and civil society leaders stall

Juana Lesarge’s three sons had packed their bags and borrowed $300 for their escape when police and hooded gunmen surrounded their grandmother’s home in the town of Carazo on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast.

“They were preparing to flee the country,” said Lesarge, 48. “At that time everyone was trying to get out. We knew our children were in danger. The dictator had ordered his forces to kill.”

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