Nicaraguan clergy express concern over health of imprisoned Bishop Rolando Alvarez

Government photo of Bishop Alvarez, 2 January 2024

From our Bureau of Imprisoned Meddlesome Priests in Socialist Latrine American Hellholes

What a coincidence! On the same day that the U.S. called on Nicaragua to free imprisoned Bishop Rolando Alvarez, the Ortega-Murillo dictatorship released photos that ostensible “prove” that he is being treated very well by his jailers. These photos, however, show Bishop Alvarez looking gaunt and distressed, and have instead convinced fellow Nicaraguan clergy that his health has seriously deteriorated. Bishop Alvarez is serving a 26-year sentence for criticizing dual dictators Daniel Ortega and his lovely wife Rosario Murillo.

The statement released by the U.S. State Department says:

Nicaraguan authorities have kept Bishop Álvarez in isolation, blocked independent evaluation of the conditions of his imprisonment, and released staged videos and photographs that only increase concerns about his well-being. . . ,The regime of President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, continues to impose severe restrictions on religious communities and deny Nicaraguan citizens the ability to freely practice their religions and express their beliefs. We once again call on the Nicaraguan government to release Bishop Rolando Álvarez immediately and without conditions.

From Havana Times

A Nicaraguan priest who was stripped of his nationality by Nicaraguan authorities, along with opposition organizations in exile, all stated on January 3rd that they observed physical deterioration in the photos of imprisoned Bishop Rolando Alvarez that the Ortega-Murillo regime exhibited.

On the evening of January 2nd, the Ortega government had made public a series of photos of the Monsignor, purportedly showing the excellent care and attention he was receiving. 

Exiled parish priest Edwing Roman, who has been very critical of the Sandinista government, declared on his social networks: “The dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo” has put on display “the physical deterioration of Nicaraguan bishop Monsignor Rolando Alvarez, unjustly in prison.”

Similarly, a group of Nicaraguan opposition organizations in exile who belong to the Unity for Democracy Platform stated: “Once again the dictatorship exhibited their level of repression to the world, through the publication of photos showing the body of Monsignor Rolando Alvarez, clearly pale, mistreated and lethargic.”

The opposition group Nicaraguan University Alliance, made up of exiled Nicaraguan students and alumni, added in a message: “the prison conditions of Monsignor Rolando Alvarez are unacceptable.”

Alvarez was first detained in August 2022. Then when he refused to abandon the country together with 222 other political prisoners in February 2023, he was summarily tried, found guilty of “treason,” sentenced to 26 years, 4 months in prison, and stripped of his nationality and rights as a citizen for life. He has been held incommunicado all that time. The photos, according to the Ortega regime, are evidence that his state of health is “good.”

Th images were released the same day the United States demanded that Daniel Ortega “immediately” free Alvarez, who’s 57. The previous day, during the year’s first Angelus prayer, Pope Francis expressed his “concern” for the detention of numerous Catholic priests in Nicaragua.

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