Police Raid Catholic Rectory, Detain Bishop Openly Critical of Administration for Inciting ‘Hate’

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A Roman Catholic leader in Nicaragua has been arrested for speaking out against the government of President Daniel Ortega.

Bishop Rolando Álvarez and serval other priests were arrested Friday after Nicaraguan authorities had accused them of “organizing violent groups” and inciting them “to carry out acts of hate against the population,” according to Associated Press reports published by PBS.

Alvarez was placed under house arrest at his parents’ home in Managua, according to The Washington Post. Five priests and two seminarians arrested with him at the bishop’s residence in Matagalpa were imprisoned in El Chipote.

The government did not say what charges any face.

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The bishop’s residence had been surrounded by troops for the past two weeks.

“For several days a positive communication from the Matagalpa diocese was awaited with a lot of patience, prudence and sense of responsibility, that never materialized,” a National Police statement said, according to PBS. “With the continuation of the destabilizing and provocative activities, the aforementioned public order operation became necessary.”

The National Police said the goal of the arrests was to allow “the citizenry and families of Matagalpa to recover normalcy.”

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Álvarez has opposed Ortega’s regime since 2018.

“We hope there would be a series of electoral reforms, structural changes to the electoral authority — free, just and transparent elections, international observation without conditions,” Álvarez said. “Effectively the democratization of the country.”

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