Source: Associated Press
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Masked supporters of Nicaragua’s government attacked a group of Roman Catholic priests led by Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes on Monday as they arrived to help anti-government protesters trapped inside a church.
Managua auxiliary Bishop Silvio Jose Baez sustained cuts to his arm as the delegation made its way into the San Sebastian Basilica in Diriamba south of the capital. The Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua posted photos of Baez’s injured arm to its Twitter account with a message saying that pro-government “gangs awaited them, specifically to physically attack them.”
The message continued: “Lord, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Dozens of government sympathizers chanting “Murderers!” and “We want peace!” and waving flags of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front roughed up the religious delegation. Some journalists covering the arrival were also attacked and had their equipment stolen.