190 attacks on Church in Nicaragua under Daniel Ortega since 2018, report says

In less than four years, the Catholic Church in Nicaragua has been the target of 190 attacks and desecrations, including a fire in the Cathedral of Managua, as well as police harassment and the persecution of bishops and priests under the regime of Daniel Ortega, the country’s president. , shows a new investigation report.

The report “Nicaragua: A Persecuted Church?” (2018-2022)”, by lawyer Martha Patricia Molina Montenegro, member of the Pro-Transparency and Anti-Corruption Observatory, notes that “the role of the Catholic Church has been fundamental in the crisis of human rights violations. the man that Nicaragua faces. .”

In response to the role of the Catholic Church, the lawyer’s report shows that the Ortega regime, which has ruled Nicaragua continuously since 2007 with his wife Rosario Murillo (as first lady and now vice president ), “launched a blind persecution against bishops, priests, seminarians, religious, lay groups and against everything that has a direct or indirect relationship with the Catholic Church.

The document points to the crisis that erupted in April 2018 with protests in Nicaragua against a series of reforms to the social security system, which increased contributions for companies and employees, as well as deductions for retirees.

Martha J. Finley