BuzzFeed News

Reporting To You

world

Nicaraguans Take To The Streets To Protest Against Atlantic-Pacific Canal

The project, which will link the country's Atlantic and Pacific coasts, will be built by a Chinese firm at a reported cost of $50 billion.

Last updated on June 14, 2015, at 7:01 a.m. ET

Posted on June 14, 2015, at 7:01 a.m. ET

Thousands of Nicaraguans took to the streets on Saturday to protest against the construction of a canal which will link the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the BBC reported.

Esteban Felix / AP

The project, estimated at $50 billion, will be built by a Chinese firm and when finished it will be bigger then the Panama Canal.

Esteban Felix / AP

Opponents of the project, however, say the canal will have a huge environmental impact and force rural communities off their land.

Esteban Felix / AP

The government, though, says the project will benefit the economy of one of Central America's poorest countries.

Esteban Felix / AP
ADVERTISEMENT

Some of the protesters on Saturday reportedly accused the government of President Daniel Ortega of selling the country to China.

Oswaldo Rivas / Reuters

In spite of the protests, the government maintains the project will go ahead as planned.

Oswaldo Rivas / Reuters

When finished, the canal will link Nicaragua's Atlantic and Pacific Coast, creating a second passage between the Americas for massive container ships in addition to the Panama canal. The project's completion is due in 2020.

  • Picture of Felipe Araujo

    Felipe Araujo is the overnight homepage editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

    Contact Felipe Araujo at None.

    Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT