Matagalpa, Nicaragua, Aug 19, 2022 / 12:52 pm
The Nicaraguan national police said that the kidnapping of Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, this morning was carried out to "recover normality for the residents and families of Matagalpa."
In a statement released this morning, the police, who serve the regime of President Daniel Ortega, justified their break-in just after 3 a.m. at the bishop’s residence in Matagalpa, saying the bishop would have continued with "destabilizing and provocative activities.”
Since Aug. 4, Álvarez and a group of priests, seminarians, and lay people have been prevented by the police from leaving the house and communicating with the outside world. The police insisted that they had “for several days waited with great patience, prudence, and a sense of responsibility for a communication positive from the Bishopric of Matagalpa, which never came to pass.”
#ÚltimaHora | Oficialmente la policía confirma que Mons. Rolando Álvarez esta "en resguardo domiciliar en esta Ciudad Capital (Managua) y ha podido reunirse con sus familiares esta misma mañana".— NicaraguaActual (@NicaraguaActual) August 19, 2022
El resto de sacerdotes y seminaristas están presos en el chipote, revelaron. pic.twitter.com/eTluSssS6X