At least 10 people have died in Nicaragua during this week’s violent protests over the government’s planned changes to the social security system, Vice President Rosario Murillo told state media outlet El 19 Digital.
Demonstrators in Managua threw rocks and set fires in unrest that started Wednesday, and police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.
The social security changes would increase contributions into the social security system by workers and employers but reduce the amount retired workers will get as a pension.
The government said Friday night it’s opening talks with the protesters, according to El 19 Digital. President Daniel Ortega was scheduled to speak Saturday afternoon.