More than 40 people were killed in unrest in Nicaragua, rights groups say

Protests erupted in Nicaragua last week, with violent consequences.

(CNN)Dozens of people died last week in Nicaragua as a result of anti-government protests, human rights groups there told CNN Friday -- in contrast to the government's official death toll, which stands at 10.

The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights, based in the capital city of Managua, reported 42 deaths on Sunday. On Saturday, the group had reported 43 people died but revised the death toll, saying they'd mistakenly included a person who was in critical condition.
The Permanent Commission on Human Rights said 58 people died. The government reported its latest death toll April 20.
    The deaths came amid the largest street protests the country has seen since the civil war ended in 1990. Protesters clashed with security forces, and different groups among the demonstrators also clashed with each other.
    Demonstrators in Managua threw rocks and set fires as police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Several television stations were taken off the air as the government tried to stem the unrest.
    Nicaraguan Attorney General Inés Miranda on Thursday announced an investigation into the deaths.
    "A responsible and formal investigation was started regarding the following acts: the loss of life of students, police and civilians; the injuries sustained by students, police and civilians; looting and property damage, both public and private," Miranda told reporters.
    A journalist who was covering the protest was among those killed, state media outlet El 19 Digital reported.
    The unrest, mostly led by students, started when President Daniel Ortega tried to change the country's social security system. He implemented a controversial pension reform resolution intended to halt the growing deficit. The changes increased contributions by workers and employers and reduced retired workers' pensions.
    Ortega revoked the resolution Sunday, putting an end to violent clashes. Peaceful protests continue in Nicaragua, with demonstrators now calling for Ortega's resignation.

    International community condemns violence

    The Nicaraguan government has been accused of using excessive force against protesters and "arbitrarily (shutting) down media outlets covering the recent protests," a human rights organization says.