Police patrol Mulukukú after the arrest of Father Óscar Benavidez

The Police keep the municipality of Mulukukú besieged, after the afternoon of Sunday, August 14, the father was arrested and disappeared. Oscar Benavidez, pastor of the Holy Spirit church, they denounced it to Article 66 sources on condition of anonymity.

“Since last night — Sunday — there have been two patrols full of riot police and this morning the police presence has increased in all the streets of the municipality,” the source revealed.

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In photographs provided to this media outlet, police forces can be seen in various parts of Mulukukú carrying AK-47 rifles, types of weapons that the institution has carried with greater notoriety since the social protests against the Nicaraguan regime.

Unofficially, it became known that the objective of the repressive apparatus of the Ortega dictatorship is to stalk the people who participated in the 2018 social protests.

Police patrol Mulukukú after the arrest of Father Óscar Benavidez
Police keep the municipality of Mulukukú under siege after the arrest of Father Oscar Benavidez. Photo: Article 66 / Courtesy

Since the beginning of August, the Ortega government has intensified its siege against the Catholic Church, especially against religious from Matagalpa and other areas in the north of the country. They first attacked Father Uriel Vallejos, then Monsignor Rolando Álvarez, whose siege has lasted for 12 days.

On the morning of Sunday, August 14, the Ortega police took away the driver’s license from Father Fernando Calero, parish priest of Rancho Grandealso prevented him from leaving for Matagalpa to receive the image of Our Lady of Fatima.

Father Benavidez preaching could be the reason for the arrest

On the other hand, although the reasons for which Father Benavidez was arrested are unknown, it was learned that the arbitrary arrest occurred after the priest’s homily where he spoke about the prophet Jeremiah, who was the object of opprobrium by the powerful of the time. , who accused him of attacking and creating anxiety among the people.

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“The reading of the prophet Jeremías, the father based it on the current situation that Nicaragua is experiencing. The father said that he said he was not going to shut up, that he was going to say what is being lived and the way it is being lived, ” the source recounted.

«The father had not been threatened before, much less persecuted, but they —the Ortega government— send people in civilian clothes to listen to the homily. Apparently they did not like the preaching and the temper that he had at the time of preaching yesterday, Sunday, “added the source.

Preaching about the prophet Jeremiah could be the cause of the arrest of Father Oscar Benavidez.  Photo: Article 66 / Social networks
Preaching about the prophet Jeremiah could be the cause of the arrest of Father Oscar Benavidez. Photo: Article 66 / Social networks

The priest Óscar Benavidez is originally from San Isidro, Matagalpa, he had been in charge of the Espiritu Santo parish in Mulukukú for a little over three months. His parishioners have expressed that he is a very loved person in the town.

At the close of this article it was learned that the police and paramilitary siege continues in Mulukukú. So far there is no official information about the situation that the prelate is going through.



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