AMERICA/NICARAGUA - National dialogue, once again halted, Mgr. Báez: "One cannot continue to kill"

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 democracy   violence   human rights   youth   bishops   peace  


Managua (Agenzia Fides) - "This government must demonstrate political will. It is not a game, it is serious thing for the future of Nicaragua. One cannot continue to kill people", said Mgr. Silvio Báez, Auxiliary Bishop of Managua, announcing that yesterday, Tuesday, June 19, the National Dialogue table would not begin as planned. The new suspension will last until Ortega’s government presents to all the members of the Dialogue, the proof of having officially invited international human rights bodies, as agreed in the last session (see Fides 18/06/2018).
"The plenary of the National Dialogue is suspended, if these organizations do not show the invitation that the government has sent them", Mgr. Báez wrote to Fides, who is part of the Mediation Commission of the Catholic Church that participates in this dialogue between the Civic Alliance and executive.
Yesterday, at least five people died and more than seventy were injured due to the clashes with which riot police and paramilitaries, who had recently attacked the neighboring municipality of Ticuantepe, took the city of Masaya, east of the capital of Nicaragua.
Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, Archbishop of Managua, after being informed of the situation directly by the parish priests of Masaya, he asked the government and the police to stop the attacks against the people. Through social media Mgr. Báez insisted that the regime of President Daniel Ortega must stop the repression in Masaya. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 20/06/2018)