Protests Turn Violent After Nicaragua Breaks Ground on Inter-Oceanic Canal

2 Jan 2015 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
MANAGUA, Nicaragua

Nicaragua broke ground last week on the $50 billion USD Inter-Oceanic Canal, sparking protests from local farmers concerned that they will be forced from their land without fair compensation.The protesters demanded that the project authorization be repealed and the “Chinese invaders” be expelled, a reference to HKND Group, the Hong Kong-based contractor carrying out the project.The protests turned violent when demonstrators clashed with police, injuring more than 20 people. Over 30 protesters were arrested; a number of civil society and political groups in the country have demanded their release...

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