Students learn the art of opposition in Nicaragua

Managua: Hector Saballos, a member of the underground student movement, sits at a table in a safe house planning how to deliver rice, beans and medicines to friends who are in hiding. His boots are stained with blood, and his finger is broken from a recent shootout. He is worried about his girlfriend, who is in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds.
An anti-government university student wearing a spider man mask holds a home made mortar during a protest outside the Jesuit-run Universidad Centroamericana, UCA, demanding the university’s allocation of its share of six per cent of the national budget, in Managua, Nicaragua. Photo: AP
A few months ago, Saballos, 29, was studying mechanical engineering. When the government of President Daniel Ortega announced changes to the social

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