August 3, 2018

Positivity: Thousands march in support of Nicaraguan bishops

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Managua, Nicaragua:

Jul 31, 2018 / 02:59 pm (ACI Prensa).- The streets of Nicaragua were filled on July 28 by thousands of demonstrators supporting the country’s bishops and priests after repeated attacks by paramilitaries with ties to the government.

The march was organized by the Outcry for Nicaragua movement and the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy. Its theme was “Pilgrimage for our bishops, defenders of truth and justice.” The Nicaraguan Bishops’ Conference did not participate in the event.

The march, which concluded at the Managua cathedral, took place after Ortega accused the bishops of being “part of the plan with those plotting a coup,” after they proposed that he hold early presidential elections to alleviate tensions in the country and not run for office again.

Participants in the demonstration carried banners with phrases such as “Thank you, courageous bishops, for being with your people” and “The bishops, heroes of peace.” They chanted, “Bishop, friend, the people are with you.”

Members of other Christian denominations and Mormons also attended the march.

Elma Amador, who is Mormon, told El País news that President Ortega “knows he’s lying, he knows the bishops are not attempting a coup.”

“He’s afraid that the people have risen up, have woken up, and that’s why he makes baseless accusations.”

From the cathedral of the Nicaraguan capital, Carlos Avilés, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Managua, told the demonstrators that “the Catholic Church, even if it is mistreated, even though they criticize it, will always choose justice and dialogue.”

Since April 18, there have been massive demonstrations in Nicaragua against President Daniel Ortega, who has been in power since 2007 and was reelected in 2016 in elections disputed by the opposition. In January 2014, he oversaw the abolition of presidential term limits.

The demonstrations have been put down by police and paramilitaries, with more than 400 deaths.

The Catholic Church has participated as a mediator and witness to national peace talks convened by Ortega. However, Church officials have also faced attacks from groups with ties to the government. …

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