Some 2,000 sea turtle nests were raided and at least six turtles killed in La Flor Wildlife Refuge on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast during the summer of 2018, according to a conservation NGO. Environmental and scientific organizations have condemned the scale of the raids, which were much larger than the usual episodes that occur on the country’s beaches, due to a lack of security stemming from a national political crisis.
Nicaragua has been in crisis condition since April 2018, when President Daniel Ortega announced a cut to social security benefits. The ensuing protests by citizens and response by government forces have left hundreds of people dead and hundreds more imprisoned, according to human rights groups. The Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights (ANPDH) reported that in just two days in July, 758 people were abducted or arrested by armed civilians and police.