One of the most important rules of political survival in the West is as follows: Don’t piss off senior citizens.
One way to piss them off but good is to make election promises to them and then ignore them once the votes have been counted.
Pursuant to the above, from a public relations standpoint alone, these days it’s not terribly bright for strapping young police officers to billy-club senior citizens in public when the seniors show up at government offices to press their claims. This lesson has apparently arrived rather late in the day for the Nicaraguan establishment as it struggles to emerge from the 19th Century.
To add a dash of Latin seasoning to the recipe, in Central America you know that you have really put your foot in the fresh, steaming faeces of abundantly-fed livestock when the bishops of the Catholic Church accuse you of trampling on the civil rights of old people.
With the attention of the world focused on the Canal to Nowhere, the old people of Nicaragua are on the march against neoliberal wolves dressed up in socialist sheepskins.