By James Blears
Shops are shuttered in Nicaragua's capital Managua, with heavily armed riot police patrolling the streets to prevent looting.
Violence is reported in other cities, as a 24-hour nationwide strike initiated by the opposition winds down to its close.
This all started back in April, with an ill-advised government move to increase social security contributions, while reducing pension payouts, and to spearhead other austerity measures.
Fury and strikes followed, met with a heavy-handed response by Nicaraguan security forces.
More than 160 people have died. Hundreds others have been wounded and arrested.
Nicaruagua's Foreign Ministry has just rejected a report by the Inter American Commission on Human Rights, which places most of the blame at their door, for grave violations of human rights.