Nicaragua, a popular vacation spot for Canadians, remains unsafe for travel due to ongoing civil unrest in the country.

The Government of Canada issued a travel advisory earlier this year urging Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel to Nicaragua. Such advisory is still valid today, as tensions continue to grow across the region.

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Violent protests have been occurring in Nicaragua since April 18, 2018, with Managua, Masaya and Leon being the most affected areas. As of May 11, 2018, the protests became more frequent, causing potentially dangerous conditions for travellers. 

Over 40 people were murdered at the hands of the government last month, including one reporter who was killed during a Facebook Live stream.

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The protests, which were once peaceful demonstrations, are being held against Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua's president. He was once a part of the Sandinista revolution — a left-wing Nicaraguan political organization that deposed former dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979. But over the years, Ortega started to take on the very dictatorship that he once helped overthrow.

"The revolt against Ortega and his regime was born in Nicaragua itself. It's not an international conspiracy intended to 'disrupt' the country, as Cuba's dictators have recently suggested. These are students and teenagers who are sick of censorship and murder and are tired of living under an authoritarian government," writes Jorge Ramos for Splinter.

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The Government of Canada released some tips for travellers who are still planning to head to Nicaragua despite the travel advisory: