Nicaraguan bishop on hunger strike

Bishop Rolando Álvarez (CNS/YouTube)

A Nicaraguan bishop has started an “indefinite” hunger strike after claiming that he was “persecuted” and “harassed” by police last week. Source: Crux.

“Today I have been persecuted all day long by the Sandinista police, from the morning until this hour of the night and at all times, in all my movements during the day,” Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa Diocese and apostolic administrator of the Estelí Diocese said on Thursday.

The prelate said that when he tried to find out from the police why they were pursuing him and asked them to communicate with police chief Francisco Díaz, the officers entered the house where he was with his family.

“They entered my circle of family privacy, they came to my private home, that of my parents, putting at risk the safety of my family,” he said.

Bishop Álvarez has been one of the strongest critics of the regime of President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, who, last year, imprisoned dozens of political and social leaders after they voiced their opposition to the government or declared their intentions to run for the presidency. They joined hundreds of dissidents who were imprisoned in 2018, following a series of protests in the country.

“I begin a fast with water and serum (indefinitely) until the National Police, through the president or vice-president of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua, let me know that they will respect my family circle and privacy,” the bishop said.

Bishop Alvarez Álvarez invited the faithful of his two dioceses to fast and pray before the Blessed Sacrament for their safety. The police told him that they were following him “for your own safety,” to which he said, on the live-streamed video, that “everyone knows that, in Nicaragua, those who make us feel unsafe with this persecution is you, brother police officers.”

FULL STORY

Nicaraguan bishop goes on hunger strike to protest police harassment (By Ines San Martin, Crux)

Nicaraguan bishop charges police, government persecution (CNA

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