After 15 days under police siege and held in the Episcopal Curia of Matagalpa, the Police of the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo kidnapped Monsignor Rolando Álvarez Lagos, bishop of the Diocese of that city.
The Facebook page of the Diocese of Matagalpa confirmed that police officers broke into the episcopal see where Monsignor Álvarez, five priests and three lay people were present. It is presumed that all were also kidnapped. The priests who accompanied the bishop were also taken out of the place
Monsignor Álvarez is accompanied by the first and second vicar of the Matagalpa Cathedral, Jose Luis Diaz Y Sadiel Eugarrios, respectively; as well as the priests Oscar Scotus —parish priest of the Santa María de Guadalupe church—, Ramiro Tijerino —Rector of the John Paul II University— And the father Raul Gonzalez.
The list is completed by seminarians Darvin Leyva Y Melkin Sequeira. There is also the cameraman Sergio Cardenasfor a total of nine people, including Monsignor Álvarez, bishop of the Diocese of Matagalpa.
Monsignor Álvarez served 15 days in de facto prison after the police institution reported that it opened an investigation allegedly because the prelate “has organized violent groups and has fomented hatred.”
Since August 4, the San Pedro Cathedral Church in Matagalpa has been besieged by police agents and sympathizers of the governing Sandinista Front. A strong police contingent blocked all access to the Curia with yellow fences, preventing the free movement of citizens.
Monsignor Álvarez is one of the most critical priests of the Daniel Ortega regime, causing him to be “target” of siege, repression and persecution
The bishop of the Diocese of Matagalpa made it clear during his confinement that there are no reasons why the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo initiate an alleged investigation and prevent him from leaving the episcopal curia.
«Yesterday (August 5) that police statement came out in which, basically, we have read two things: First, that I am being investigated, I don’t know what, but they will be making their own guesses. Second, that they have formally said that we have a house for a prison, “said the bishop.
“We are reunited and retained, and we are always with inner strength, peace in our hearts and the joy that the Risen One gives us,” added the also apostolic administrator of Estelí.