Nicaraguan dictatorship reaches nine Catholic radio stations closed this month alone

Exilados nicaraguenses protestam na Costa Rica contra a perseguição religiosa no seu país: estação fechada nesta quarta-feira é de propriedade da diocese de Estelí, cujo administrador apostólico é bispo preso na semana passada
Nicaraguan exiles protest in Costa Rica against religious persecution in their country: station closed on Wednesday is owned by the diocese of Estelí, whose apostolic administrator is a bishop arrested last week| Photo: EFE/Jeffrey Arguedas

The regime of dictator Daniel Ortega, through the Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications and Posts (Telcor), canceled this Wednesday () the broadcasting license of another Catholic radio station, with nine so far in August, amidst the persecution of the Church promoted by the Sandinista government.

The new closed station is Radio Stereo Fe, owned by the diocese of Estelí, whose apostolic administrator is Bishop Rolando Álvarez. Álvarez was arrested last Friday by the National Police, headed by a relative of Ortega’s and who accuse the bishop, without presenting evidence so far, of trying to “organize violent groups”.

24211859Before its closure, Radio Stereo Fe had released a letter from the priests of the diocese of Estelí addressed to Ortega, in which denounced that the Nicaraguan authorities “persecute the Church for its prophetic mission” and in which they blamed the Sandinista leader for the country’s socio-political crisis. In the letter, they also rejected the arrest of their apostolic administrator, Dom Álvarez, and ten other parish priests.

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