Taxi protest leads to violence in Managua

Four police officers were injured—one seriously—following a violent clash Monday afternoon with protesting taxi drivers who had blocked three of the principle traffic roundabouts in Managua to demand better gas subsidies.

Officer Heriberto Castro was run over and dragged underneath a vehicle by a taxi driver who tried to flee as riot police moved in break up a day-long protest before 5 p.m. rush hour traffic. The officer was hospitalized after cracking his head open on the street and getting dragged for several meters under the car.

The taxi driver was dragged from his car and beaten by other police. Taxi drivers started the week the same way they ended last week: with street protests over gas subsidies and demands that the government regulate the circulation of motorcycle taxis. Taxi drivers used their cars to block the traffic roundabouts at Cristo Rey, Rubén Darío and Periodista, and burned a bunch of tires for good measure.

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