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Cardinal Brenes pleads for a stop to the repression

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Cardinal Brenes pleads for a stop to the repression

“€œThe persecution of those who do not agree with the government is something
negative: we must reduce the tone in some way so that the nation can achieve a
genuine normality”€. Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, Archbishop of Managua and
President of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua expressed these thoughts,
referring to the repression imposed by Daniel Ortega”€™s government which has caused more than 400 deaths since last April. In several statements released by the daily “€œEl Nuevo Diario”€, Brenes spoke of a contrived “€œtense
normality”€, recalling that only through dialogue can a solution to the crisis be found.

In another interview with “€œLa Croix”€, the cardinal recalled that the Church”€™s role is to defend the weakest: “€œOur mission is service to
humanity; we crossed the barricades to rescue the injured, among whom were military and police”€. The president must “€œlisten to what a large part of the population wants”€. The bishops”€™ conference “€œasks to remain on the scene with the Constitution. We cannot support a coup d”€™etat. Sunday, 29 July I reminded the laity from the pulpit that it is their responsibility to give direction to
the nation and to carry out social and political action”€. In the same interview, the cardinal described the current state of dialogue in the nation. “€œDialogue consists of two commissions: one that regards checks and security which deals with crimes, the injured and dispersed, and which continues to
carry out its work; and a second, democratization, which is suspended.
Nonetheless, I believe that the government is sensitive to our requests to begin again the dialogue that was launched in the demonstration to support the bishops on 28 July”€.


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