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Nicaragua promises to meet sugar workers' demands after farmer dies in clash with police

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MANAGUA, Nicaragua - The Nicaraguan government has assigned a high-ranking official to mediate between sugar workers and their employers after police killed a farmer over the weekend during a protest at a sugar mill.

Nicaragua says in a Monday statement that Deputy Interior Minister Carlos Najar will present possible solution to the workers' demands by next week.

Sugar workers have been protesting the last two weeks to demand employers pay for medical care for those who have chronic kidney disease that they say is caused by working in cane fields. They also want compensation paid to the families of workers who have died from the illness.

Police sent in to remove about 300 farmers who had taken over the entrances to a sugar mill fatally shot one farmer and wounded another.

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