Nicaraguan Catholics have reportedly grown increasingly dissatisfied with Pope Francis’ silence as dictator Daniel Ortega’s oppressive communist regime shut down Catholic radio stations and sent mob squads to harass protesters.
The U.S. State Department on Wednesday condemned the Ortega regime’s order to shut down six radio stations in the Roman Catholic Church.
“Ortega-Murillo’s brutal attack on Catholic clergy, broadcasting facilities and community members in Sebaco is yet another blow to freedom of religion and expression in Nicaragua. Men and women in uniform — many of them with A man of faith—how can such an order be carried out?” Say Brian A. Nichols, the undersecretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, was referring to Ortega and his vice president and wife, Rosario Murillo.
radio station received On Monday, Nicaragua’s telecommunications agency Telcor issued a shutdown order. Pastor Rolando Alvarez, bishop of Matagalpa province and a tireless critic of Ortega’s religious repression, denounced the move as “injustice” without legal authority.
Monday’s order brings the total number of Catholic radio stations in Matagalpa to eight, in addition to an award-winning youth-oriented feminist station called Radio Voss.
Some of these station closures involved rough police operations.Radio Voss Say Police arrived at the broadcast facility to turn off its transmitter.Ortega’s police also forced They entered the church of Nino Jesus de Praga in the town of Sebaco and confiscated the equipment of the radio station operating from there.
The Diocese of Matagalpa said Rev. Uriel Vellejos, the parish priest, was in the house run by the radio station.
“I was under siege. The police broke the locks of the church, entered where the equipment was, took it. The police are attacking the faithful inside the school,” Vallejos reported on Facebook.
according to catholic news agency (Central News Agency) Police fired into the air and deployed tear gas to prevent church congregations from assisting Father Vallejos.
Vallejos Say Police cut power to the house, wounded two of his parishioners and detained several who responded to his calls for help.
CNA reported that Telcor claimed that Matagalpa radio stations lacked the necessary broadcasting licenses as an excuse to suppress them. The diocese responded that all the necessary paperwork was personally submitted to the regulator several years ago by Rev. Alvarez, but Telcor never responded to the application.
Telcor also cited vague “technical” flaws in Catholic radio, but declined to specify what they were.
“We will continue to report and condemn any situation like this that continues to violate freedom of speech and religion in Nicaragua,” the diocese said in a statement.
The Association of Independent Journalists and Communicators of Nicaragua (PCIN) denounced the site’s closure as a “massacre of freedom of information” and “a brutal tactic by the authorities seeking to silence critical voices across the country”.
“Such a decision is made with the police and the civilians who are operating with them, it has caused damage to infrastructure, harmed people in solidarity with the management of closed media establishments in Matagal Pasebako, and violently detained young people,” PCIN said.
PCIN calls for a full reinstatement of radio stations, respect for broadcasters’ civil rights, and prevention of “aggression by police and Sandinista fanatics.”
information Nicaraguans are growing discontent over the lack of response from the Vatican and Pope Francis to Ortega’s war on Catholic radio, reports Wednesday said. For that matter, they argue that the Pope is long overdue for speaking out against the Ortega dictatorship.
Infobae recalled that the Ortega regime went to war with Catholics after protests against Catholics broke out. very suspicious election This keeps him in power until November 2021. Ortega and Murillo believe the Catholic Church helped stage a “coup” against protesters by offering them shelter. The regime has unleashed escalating violence and vandalism against churches, forcing several priests into exile.
“I don’t understand how Pope Francis keeps silent in the face of attacking Nicaraguans’ most beloved priest, how could he fail to see a man with supreme power who uses God’s name every day in vain and sows Hate preaches love,” commented Nicaraguan writer Gioconda Belli in May.
Other prominent Nicaraguan Catholic writers were less critical of the pope’s stance, arguing that he had little influence on the Ortega regime and that he could make the situation of Nicaraguans worse by openly fighting a bigoted and vicious communist ruler worse.
Agustin Antonetti, director of an NGO called “Latin America Watch”, be rejected Those excuses for Thursday.
“It is shameful for Pope Francis to keep silent about what happened in Nicaragua. Daniel Ortega’s dictatorship is taking the Church by force, they shut down all channels and radios, even a priest is in jail, the rest are Fear of being kidnapped,” he said.