Managua (AFP) - Thousands of demonstrators gathered Saturday in a central Nicaraguan city to protest the construction of a $50 billion (44 billion euros) canal that will run through their land.
The protesters waved Nicaraguan flags and shouted "No to the canal!". They accused President Daniel Ortega of "selling the country" to China by allowing the waterway's construction.
Chinese firm Hong Kong Nicaragua Development Investment (HKND) is behind the massive canal project.
Timothy 10 hours ago
Why are the Native Americans referred to as "indigenous peoples" when they're living in Central andSouth America?
Cyrus 10 hours ago
Before they know it thousands of Chinese shops will open across Nicaragua that will dump cheap Chinese goods onto the Nicaragua market destroying the local economy and environment. Just look at what the chicoms have done to Africa. Africa is a great example of this. At first the Africans were thrilled about Chinese investment, however Africans are now doubting if really was a good idea for the chicoms to have come, and how they are no better than the western colonizers.
CaptSeahawk 9 hours ago
When the Chinese first started to build a stadium in the Bahamas, everyone thought there'd be Lots of jobs. BUT, no, they brought in their own workers even "comfort girls" (1 for every 100 guys) for the Chinese workers. The only jobs Bahamians got was outside (where visible) working directing traffic around the work site. They do not care about or follow local laws, customs, or environmental regulations.
sandman77 10 hours ago
more expansion by the Chinese into the west. They manage part of the panama canal and could shut it down in time of war or a economic embargo against the west, think about that
anyoneanony 10 hours ago
I believe almost 70% of the workers for the canal we're going to be Chinese.
That's a serious issue in a poor country.
When your there for your own prosperity.
If the U.S. Screwed panama for almost 80 years.
China will screw Nicaragua for 1000
Henry 3 hours ago
China has a lot invested in Nicaragua already, and this plane according to the US state dept will makeNicaragua the second most richest Latin American country. There is no way in hell that this will be stopped. And to be honest it shouldn't. The Country have been in ruin since the 72 earthquake, and all the wars they been through. The Standard of living is horrendous and unemployment is very high. Although being a poor country they are actually very good at taking care of there displaced (as well as a 3rd world country can).
-American that recently lived there
G 9 hours ago
The Chinese will bring many of their own workers to build the canal and when it is finished will be ran by the Chinese as well as a military base and an airport to deal with any opposition to Chinese control..
Chinese poachers and resource miners will heavily plague the nation as well..
The Nicaraguan people need to fight this Ortega/Chinese power play to the bloody end..
Myles 7 hours ago
The notion itself of a canal thru Nicaragua is nothing new, going perhaps as far back as the 1700's. Throughout the 1800's, Nicaragua was considered the best place to carve a canal across the isthmus and high level plans and political pitches to do so were documented in at least 4 books on theNicaraguan Canal from the 1870's thru 1900. Numerous articles discussing the feasibility of the canal in the US in the 1890's also can be referenced. Panama was not the best place to build a canal. It only ended up going in there as a result of a revolution thrown by a guy named Bunavarillas who then established Panama and lobbied the US go nment to change their Nicaraguan Canal ambitions to instead build in Panama. He famously pointed out how Nicaragua was full of volcanoes and was that the right place to put a canal... The US bought it and completed the Panama Canal. Despite that, the USsigned a 90-year renewable treaty with Nicaragua in 1916 granting US the rights to build a canal there---the US didn't renew after 2006 and so the canal rights were up for grabs. And since the Chinese have ambitions, money and power these days, well...guess Sandino is rolling in his grave again...
FrancisH 10 hours ago
Farmers have two more years to relocate for the good of the rest of the population. Nicaraguans multiply so fast there isn't a hector unoccupied by someone. You can be certain that US instigators are fomenting opposition for 'American interests' to keep control of Central America, US corporations and banks and prevent to co unists from making any headway into "our hemisphere....our back yard." I lived in Nicaragua for 8 years and I know how things work there.
Jlb 2 hours ago
I could not care one way or the other, but is the USA behind these protests?