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I've just become a bit more aware of what's going on in Nicaragua right now, where university students have been killed in anti-government protests.

My bloodline runs back to Central America through my mother, who was born and raised in Costa Rica. And I've traveled personally to Nicaragua twice -- once on a service learning trip when I was in college and again when I backpacked up the Pacific Coast from Costa Rica up to Granada, Nicaragua, then on to the capital Managua, and finally to the city of León. I feel for Nicaragua and I'm saddened to see what's happening there.

Having years ago read about the Sandinista revolution of the 1970s, I find it bitterly ironic that the current president, Daniel Ortega, who was himself a revolutionary in that revolution, is now the target or motivation of the current protests. He changed the constitution to win a third presidential term in 2016, and as a witness states in this article, Ortega "has started to control everything" and it's "enough because this has become a dictatorship."

Power => Greed => Corruption => Repression.

History has seen this before. That the revolutionaries have now become the establishment in Nicaragua, only to be faced with the next generation of student activists demanding the same ideals -- justice, freedom, and rule of law -- as they had demanded from the establishment in their day, is amazing to say the least. It's really the epitome of hypocrisy.

Americans should be aware and concerned about what's going on in Nicaragua, as it could impact migration to the United States, which is of course already a hot-button issue here. I hope that, as the situation develops further, things may be peaceful and no more lives are lost.

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