Nicaraguan bishop, alleging police harassment, goes on hunger strike

Rolando Alvarez

© APA | Rolando Alvarez

# 21 May 2022 02:54 (UTC +04:00)

A Nicaraguan bishop critical of President Daniel Ortega's government began a hunger strike on Friday after taking refuge in a Catholic church indefinitely in the capital Managua, alleging he had been targeted by the police, APA reports citing Reuters.

Rolando Alvarez, bishop of the Diocese of Matagalpa and Esteli in the north of the country, said that a police car followed him throughout the day Thursday as other religious order members in his parishes are being harassed.

"I have been followed throughout the day by the Sandinista police, from morning until late at night. At all times, in every movement I made," the bishop said in a Thursday evening post announcing the hunger strike on the diocese's social media.

The priest said police surrounded his home as well. "They came to my family's home, my father's, my mother's, putting the safety of my family at risk," he said.

The Nicaraguan government and police force did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Alvarez said he would continue the hunger strike "until the National Police, only through the president or vice president of the Episcopal Conference, let me know that they are going to respect my family's privacy."