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    Many revolutions since the French of 1789 have copied their use of barricades to stymie the government from continuing its business. Here’s a map of tranques in Nicaragua:
    https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer...8023176266&z=9

    Along the lines of having a little sympathy for the devil, I can understand Ortega's frustrations with tranques paralyzing 'his' country, to the point of sending his armed thugs out to break 'em up. But then more get built. It's a message he can't ignore long. At a council meeting late last night in Leon, it was decided to let peaceful demonstrators man the tranques and that the police will remain in their barracks and that city equipment (vehicles used by JS turbas?) be returned.


    ‘Liberty, fraternity, equality’ What has provoked more revolutions are infringements on freedoms of speech, worship, peaceful assembly, representative government and more ‘rights of man’. (‘Human rights’ have greatly expanded in the last couple centuries.) Another term for fraternity might be thought to be solidarity today, except it has been used to divide rather than unite the people of Nicaragua. Equality - in the eyes of the law, ruled & rulers - has been flipped by considerations of economic inequality, yet the latter has been the driving force behind so-called socialist revolutions. In latin american neo-Marxist terms their intent was to correct the entrenched patron-peon class system. But with little or no luck, for all LAm revolutions seemed to have ended worse than how they started with dictatorships over hopelessly poor populations.
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    Nicaragua's real tranque
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    Among the 5 people killed yesterday during the nationwide strike was a 15 year old kid from our neighborhood in Leon. He was shot in the chest while manning a tranque. Meanwhile a baby girl was born at a tranque in Jinotepe. Life in Nicaragua.
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    León atrincherado (fortified) contra el régimen Ortega-Murillo


    Students on a tranque in Leon, from Confidencial

    Más de cien barricadas
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    In a few days I'm scheduled to fly into MGA. The operative word is 'scheduled' - it's the return leg of a round trip ticket with American. I don't know yet how I'll travel from MGA to Leon. I travel alone. My usual shuttle service is "Fuera de servicio , . . . Hasta nuevo aviso" dated April 22. Here's how one navigated the world of tranques:
    Here is one example of the current (7/7) situation on inter-city travel. A Nicaraguan woman in Esteli who is a close friend has a ticket to fly to the USA this Friday morning so she started at 5 a.m. today (Thursday). Knowing Esteli, she could get around any problems there, but at La Trinidad (about twenty miles south of Esteli) there was a roadblock and she had to start walking (she had two male family members to help carry her luggage and to feel more secure). On the other side of the roadblock, there was a line of taxis and they took one of those to the next roadblock at Sebaco (the main junction of almost all the roads to the north-central highlands cities like Esteli, Matagalpa, Jinotega, etc.), again they had to walk to be allowed through the roadblock manned by masked persons with a lot of firearms. I think that they said that they got a little van or bus there for the trip down to the roadblock mentioned above at Las Maderas. It might be at this roadblock that she related that they had to walk about a kilometer to get to another taxi. They arrived at the Best Western-Hotel Las Mercedes directly across from the Managua airport at about noon. So, roughly seven hours to get about one hundred miles. I did not hear what they paid in total for taxis, etc. but a few days ago someone said around 1,200 cordabas or US$40 as a price for such a trip, but I am sure that varies by how many in a group, etc. and there may be a gringo surcharge.
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    American took a week off from it's Miami-Managua run, so check with them. They were scheduling on other lines for existing tickets.
    We know somebody who went esteli-managua last week by taxi/back roads and it took him 8 hours each way on what is usually a 2.5 hour trip.
    Good luck. Call your usual driver the day before to see how it looks.

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    Some slick time travel, July 7, 2018!

    Esteli is about 2 1/2 hours from Managua, normally, so 7 hours about triples it.

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    Is there any word that the Tranques are being dismantled?

    That was part of the truce,, no?

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    What truce?

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    No truce?

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    Ortega rejected plan to move elections to march 2019. People pissed about family that was burned to death, surviving daughter had choice comments about Ortega. No truce, that's why there is a daily body count. During the paro on thursday police hunted some people down, its a daily thing. Yesterday semis were lined up from the south entrance to shell esquipulas, I don't know if they ever left town.

    People keep building roadblocks, police are planning to tear them down.
    Don't plan on the boys being home by Christmas.


    truce?
    http://100noticias.com.ni/matan-a-2-...-uno-de-ellos/
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    A rather well-written account of crossing 20-25 tranques motorcycling border to border:
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/my-nic...h-a-revolution
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