The U.S. government is warning travelers to avoid going to Nicaragua after they evacuated their embassy amid deadly riots in the country.
Five days of deadly protests have plagued the country, despite the Nicaraguan President’s attempts to quell the riots. On Monday, the State Department ordered all non-essential personnel to leave the country.
“Demonstrations typically elicit a strong response that has in the past included the use of tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and live ammunition against participants and occasionally have devolved into looting, vandalism, and acts of arson,” officials said. “Violent crime, such as sexual assault and armed robbery, is common. Police presence and emergency response are extremely limited outside of major urban areas.”