Ortega regime closes diocesan radio stations in Nicaragua

Nicaraguan police raided Divine Mercy Parish on the night of August 1 in the town of Sébaco in the diocese of Matagalpa to shut down one of five Catholic radio stations ordered closed by Daniel Ortega’s regime.

August 05, 2022

Police arrive on the night of August 1 at Divine Mercy Parish in the town of Sebaco in the Diocese of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. (Facebook screenshot/Divine Mercy Parish, Sebaco, Nicaragua)


MATAGALPA:
Nicaraguan police raided Divine Mercy Parish on the night of August 1 in the town of Sébaco in the diocese of Matagalpa to shut down one of five Catholic radio stations ordered closed by Daniel Ortega’s regime.

The parish broadcast live on its Facebook, the arrival of the police at the gates of the parish as well as their entry in force.

The Sebaco Catholic channel also broadcast the police raid on the chapel of the Infant Jesus in Prague live. The station reported that officers fired shots into the air and threw tear gas canisters to chase away people who had come to support Father Uriel Vallejos, the media director.

The diocese of Matagalpa, whose bishop, Rolando Álvarez, is one of the most critical of the government, reported that the country’s regulator, the Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications and Postal Services (TELCOR ), had informed him on August 1 of the closure of Radio Hermanos.

“At this time, we have been informed that they have also closed Our Lady of Lourdes radio in La Dalia, Our Lady of Fatima radio in Rancho Grande, Alliens radio in San Dionisio and Mount Carmel radio. in Río Blanco,” the bishop announced in his statement.

“All our radios have been shut down. But they will not silence the Word of God. We will continue to report and denounce any situation that, like this, continues to violate freedom of expression and religion in Nicaragua,” Bishop Alvarez said.

On May 20, TELCOR removed the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua television channel from its programming.

Bishop Álvarez, head of communications for the Episcopal Conference and the Catholic Channel, said what the government wants “is a silent Church that does not announce the hope of the people” and does not denounce “personal sin and structures of injustice.

On July 6, the Ortega regime expelled 18 Missionaries of Charity from the country on the grounds that the sisters failed to comply with various government regulations for nonprofit organizations. — ANC

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