AMERICA/NICARAGUA - "Justice and freedom": the requests of the population resound in the Cathedral of Managua

Monday, 22 October 2018 social situation   politics   violence   justice   local churches   youth  


Managua (Agenzia Fides) - For three weeks now, the military forces of the government have tightened controls on the protest marches of the population, preventing any kind of public demonstration in the streets of the capital. Yesterday, Sunday 21 October, a protest was held in the Cathedral of Managua, asking for justice and freedom.
Among those present at the Eucharistic celebration, there were many young people who brought photos of political prisoners, whose relatives asked for their release. Father Rodolfo Lopez, who celebrated the mass at 11 am, prayed especially for political prisoners, demanding justice for Nicaraguan people. At the end of the mass all those present began to shout the names of political prisoners, one by one, and at the end they repeated: "They were students, not criminals".
Those present were almost all dressed in white and blue, the colors of the Nicaraguan flag, and were not intimidated by the voices spread during the mass, according to which, out of the Cathedral, there were police who wanted to stop the demonstrators, just as what happened on the previous Sunday, when 38 people were arrested on charges of demonstrating against the government. The note sent by a local source of Fides reports that although the 38 people arrested on Sunday 14 October were released the next day, there are still about 300 people in jail only for protesting against the government, as confirmed by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (CIDH). (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 22/10/2018)