- Title: NICARAGUA: NICARAGUAN STUDENTS CLASH WITH POLICE OVER OIL COSTS
- Date: 25th April 2005
- Summary: (BN03) MANAGUA, NICARAGUA (APRIL 25, 2005) (REUTERS) 1. LV STUDENTS CLASHING WITH RIOT POLICE 0.05 2. SLV RIOT POLICE FIRING 0.08 3. LV OF CLASHES BETWEEN RIOT POLICE AND STUDENTS (2 SHOTS) 0.15 4. SLV/SV INJURED RIOT POLICE OFFICER (2 SHOTS) 0.46 5. SLV STUDENTS IN STREET 0.53 6. MCU (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED UNIVERSITY STUDENT SAYING: "This is because of the rise in transportation prices, because (President) Bolaos wants to do whatever he wants with the people in Managua and the whole country. The rise in transportation prices -- that's why we're here making demands" 1.09 7. SLV PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON LINDOLFO MONJARREZ AT NEWS CONFERENCE 1.15 8. MCU (Spanish) PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON LINDOLFO MONJARREZ SAYING: "This is the traditional plot that (opposition leader) Daniel Ortega mounts in the third year of an administration. He did it in the prior administration, he did it with Doa Violeta" 1.27 9. LV/GV PROTESTORS SET POLICE MOTORCYCLES ALIGHT (3 SHOTS) 1.56 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: MANAGUA, NICARAGUA
- Country: Nicaragua
- Reuters ID: LVA1ZI1H0911JRB9PAGVATETGD8F
- Story Text: Nicaraguan students clash with police over oil costs.
Thousands of Nicaraguan students clashed with police
on Monday (April 25) in a protest over oil and food prices,
while the nation's mayors challenged the president to solve
the problems or resign.
At least two police officers and two students were
injured in the clashes in the capital, officials said, as
protesters reportedly launched home-made grenades and set
fire to police motorcycles and a bus.
Rising world oil prices lie at the heart of the
protests, which began more than a week previously when bus
companies announced a price rise of around 20 per cent.
Crude prices are also blamed for rising inflation in
Nicaragua, which is the poorest country in Central America.
One university student said: "This is because of the
rise in transportation prices, because (President Enrique)
Bolaos wants to do whatever he wants with the people in
Managua and the whole country. The rise in transportation
prices -- that's why we're here making demands."
Media reports said students and peasants also took to
the streets in the northern city of Matagalpa on Monday.
President Enrique Bolanos, a conservative, has refused
to authorise government subsidies to avoid the bus price
rises, as local officials, students and transport companies
have requested. He says the protests are politically
Presidential sp.kesman Lindolfo Monjarrez blamed
opposition leader and former president Daniel Ortega.
"This is the traditional plot that Daniel Ortega mounts
in the third year of an administration. He did it in the
prior administration, he did it with (former president)
On Monday, Nicaragua's 152 mayors, most from the
political opposition, demanded that he take measures to
reduce the impact of oil prices on basic goods and
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