Nicaragua’s April 19th Movement to be remembered in event at FSW

By Josey Diaz

FSW will host an event commemorating the one-year anniversary of the student-led protests that sparked outrage against the Nicaraguan government on April 17.

The protest happened last year at the Universidad Politéncia de Nicaragua, FSW’s sister school in Managua, Nicaragua. On April 19, UPOLI students began protesting social security cutbacks proposed by Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega. The protests escalated into nation-wide protests and months of occupation of UPOLI by protestors.

About two dozen people were killed when the protestors fought police.

The FSW event, spearheaded by Bruno Baltodano, an FSW political science professor who teaches at UPOLI in the summer, and FSW interim Provost Eileen DeLuca, aims to teach the importance of what happened last year.

“We are going to advertise it for the community at large here in Fort Myers,” said Baltodano, “and we’re also hoping to give an advertisement to the Hispanic and Latino communities here.”

Three exiled UPOLI movement student-leaders and the former president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís, will speak. Other speakers include Baltodano, DeLuca and an FSW student leader.

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