Nicaraguan police on Friday accused a Catholic bishop of inciting violence to destabilize the country.
Bishop Rolando Alvarez, a vocal critic of President Daniel Ortega, has been holed up in his residence for two days.
Ortega, a former guerrilla, has governed Nicaragua since 2007. In the run up to the last election, which took place in November 2021, a number of Ortega’s rivals were imprisoned, as were other critics of the government.
What is Alvarez accused of?
Police said that the Catholic Church and Alvarez were “trying to organize violent groups and inciting them to carry out acts of hatred against” the government. They added that an investigation had been opened.
Alvarez has been in his residence in the northern city of Matagalpa since Thursday, when riot police prevented him…