Claudio P gave great information (Thank you) on a different thread about some stories of road blocks, but I want to ask more directly:
(Forgive my ignorance) What can I expect if I (American tourist traveling in a hired local driver's private car) encounter a road block? Do the road-blockers simply want a "toll" for their troubles? Or, is it a shake-down sort of situation where I would be interrogated before being allowed to pass?
Essentially, I'm just curious what is the motivation for the road blocks.
For several months, I've had a trip planned to Nicaragua for next week. I planned to use local private drivers (not taxis, not buses) for transportation between cities. I'm ok if I need to pay a few extra dollars at road blocks if that's all it takes to get through. I have seriously been re-considering my plans if I hear that confrontations are expected to be more serious. I know that things are uncertain right now and difficult to say (with new dialogs apparently happening today/tomorrow), but I just thought I'd ask.