Catholic believers from various parishes in Nicaragua protested this Sunday against the government of President Daniel Ortega, inspired by San Miguel Arcángel, winner of evil according to Christianity.
After celebrating St. Michael the Archangel Day, believers spread the national flag of Nicaragua in the parishes of the Pacific and northern part of the country, as a symbol of repudiation of President Ortega.
The parishioners marched around their parishes with the flags placed with the shield facing up, which symbolizes an "SOS" before the international community, for the bloody crisis that Nicaragua is going through, and for which the opponents blame Ortega.
"Democracy yes, dictatorship no!", "Freedom for political prisoners!", "They were students, they were not criminals!" or "He's a criminal, he's not a president!" were some of the slogans that Catholics shouted during the demonstrations.
Catholics also chanted songs of love to Nicaragua, sang the national anthem, and danced folklore, to show that their love for the country exceeds that of political parties, in contrast to the fidelity of the ruling party to the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN)
Both the metropolitan cathedral of Managua, and the parish of San Rafael Arcángel, were surrounded by riot police and special operations agents of the National Police, since before the start of the Sunday masses.
The Nicaraguan Police maintain a strict prohibition of rejection samples against Ortega, as well as the use of national symbols, despite the fact that the jurists claim that the measure contradicts the Constitution.
"It is time to ask ourselves, starting with my person, where is my heart, what motivates my deep feelings of my heart, I have ambitions, contempt, disqualification, I put aside the others," Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes questioned, during mass in the cathedral of Managua.
Before, the Episcopate had warned, in a public message, that the Nicaraguan institutions are used for "the preservation of power at any cost."
Bishop emeritus Bernardo Hombach, pastor of the colonial city of Granada, in the Pacific zone, said that on Sunday, protesting, "the people have faithfully followed both their faith and church members, and the struggle for a democracy, for authentic freedom. "
"With the great repression one cannot do much, but the faithful continue with their church, and on the other hand they show that they are not intimidated," Hombach added to journalists.
The Catholic Church has been one of the institutions that has suffered the most attacks from the Government and from paramilitary groups, since last July Ortega said that the Episcopate is behind an alleged attempt of "coup d'etat".
This church has played an important role in the local crisis, since most bishops and priests have risked their lives to save those of hundreds of people in armed attacks by the Government, and the Episcopate was a mediator in a national dialogue to overcome the crisis, That concluded without success.
Since April 2018, the Nicaraguan crisis has left hundreds of people dead, imprisoned or missing, in protests against Ortega, as well as thousands of wounds and tens of thousands have gone into exile.
According to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), at least 328 people have died in the context of the crisis, although local organizations add up to 595 and the Government accepts 200.
The IACHR has indicated the Government of Nicaragua as responsible for crimes "against humanity", while Ortega says he is the victim of a "failed coup d'etat."
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