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Nicaragua: unofficial number of victims of repression risen to 146. Card. Brenes’s protest. National strike tomorrow

Card. Leopoldo Brenes

The situation in Nicaragua is still very tense. President Daniel Ortega has not yet given an answer to the bishops, who at a personal meeting they had last Thursday had insisted to resume National Dialogue, on some conditions. However, there’s still a chance to hold the president’s election earlier, in 2019. In the meantime, special forces are increasing repressions in the capital, Managua, as well as in many cities across the country. The unofficial number of the victims has risen to 146. In particular, there was a veritable attack in Managua on Monday, in many areas across the cities and elsewhere, by the special forces and paramilitary groups. In a release issued yesterday (local time), the archdiocese of Managua reports that the archbishop, card. Leopoldo Brenes, president of the Nicaraguan Bishops Conference, “condemns and rejects the attacks in many places across the country. This morning, I was told by the priests of Jonotepe that the city has been attacked by riot police and paramilitary groups since three o’clock in the morning. The archbishop likewise condemns the public hospital’s decision not to admit the injured people”. In addition, card. Brenes makes a new appeal to “look for peace in a peaceful and nonviolent place”. The archdiocese also sent a twit to report that a pastoral worker who was actively involved in social communication for the diocese, Angélica Baltodano Osorio, has gone missing.

A national strike has been convened for tomorrow, which the Church of Nicaragua calls you to live as a peaceful protest and in a spirit of prayer and solidarity.

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