Protests against social security reforms in Nicaragua quickly gained traction. Now, even the Catholic Church is suggesting ‘democratization’ may be on the horizon. Reuters/Oswaldo Rivas May 2, 2018 Nicaragua protests threaten an authoritarian regime that looked like it might never fall Kai M. Thaler, Harvard University and Eric Seth Mosinger, Macalester College For 11 years, Daniel Ortega's regime has been unshakable. But Nicaragua's autocratic leader is vulnerable after weeks of deadly protest. Now, some citizens are calling for him to resign.