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

  • Cristina Cortez cries as she stands in front of the coffin that contain the remains of her father, Juan de Dios Cortez, a former sugarcane cutter of the sugar mill, Ingenio San Antonio, ISA, to a cemetery in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Cortez died Saturday after allegedly being shot by police during protests by the cutters demanding compensation for damages to their health resulting from alleged exposure to agrochemicals and pesticides. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    Cristina Cortez cries as she stands in front of the coffin that contain the remains of her father, Juan de Dios Cortez, a former sugarcane cutter of the sugar mill, Ingenio San Antonio, ISA, to a cemetery in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Cortez died Saturday after allegedly being shot by police during protests by the cutters demanding compensation for damages to their health resulting from alleged exposure to agrochemicals and pesticides. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)  (The Associated Press)

  • A relative of the former worker of the Ingenio San Antonio, ISA, fires a homemade mortar during  protests in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. A former sugarcane cutter died Saturday, after allegedly being shot by police during the confrontations. The former sugarcane cutters were demanding compensation for damages to their health resulting from alleged exposure to agrochemicals and pesticides when the protest turned violent. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix) (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    A relative of the former worker of the Ingenio San Antonio, ISA, fires a homemade mortar during protests in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. A former sugarcane cutter died Saturday, after allegedly being shot by police during the confrontations. The former sugarcane cutters were demanding compensation for damages to their health resulting from alleged exposure to agrochemicals and pesticides when the protest turned violent. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix) (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)  (The Associated Press)

  • Relatives of former workers of the Ingenio San Antonio, ISA, protest demanding compensation, in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.  A former sugarcane cutter died Saturday, after allegedly being shot by police during the confrontations. The former sugarcane cutters were demanding compensation for damages to their health resulting from alleged exposure to agrochemicals and pesticides when the protest turned violent. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix) (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    Relatives of former workers of the Ingenio San Antonio, ISA, protest demanding compensation, in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. A former sugarcane cutter died Saturday, after allegedly being shot by police during the confrontations. The former sugarcane cutters were demanding compensation for damages to their health resulting from alleged exposure to agrochemicals and pesticides when the protest turned violent. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix) (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)  (The Associated Press)

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.