A woman and her granddaughter shot and killed by gunmen in Acapulco on March 15th. In an editorial released last Saturday, the Catholic Church laid the responsibility for the bloodshed on criminals and drug traffickers and not the government “fighting against this social scourge.”
The Catholic Church in Mexico issued a response to last week’s demonstrations against the violence and calls for a Narco truce. The demonstrations were fueled in part by the murder of a group of young people in the sity of Cuernavaca, Morelos.
Among the victims was the son of the poet Javier Sicilia, who has called for a pact with the drug cartels to end the violence affecting increasing areas of the country.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico City stated its position in the debate on how to diminish the violence through an unsigned editorial in its magazine "Desde la Fe” (From the Faith).
"Amid expressions of indignation and grief we must always retain clarity: it is the murderers, drug traffickers, organized crime, that we denounce strongly and not those who fight against this social scourge,"
Complaints to the authorities should be in terms of improving and strengthening the strategy of the fight against criminals, but not in asking them to stop, the editorial suggested. .
The statement, entitled "Rejection of criminals", added that there are corrupt officials associated with criminals that should resign immediately, but there many more committed to ending the violence. "To them we give our appreciation," proposed the editorial.
Asking the Government to withdraw the army from the streets now, said the editorial, would not work because there is no police force yet that can deal with drug trafficking gangs. “It is useless to ask that not one more drop of blood be shed if we can’t find the people responsible for this outrage.”
The editorial reminded the public that during the "International Drug Enforcement Conference" held recently in Cancun, the vast majority of people polled said they were aware that this is a long and difficult struggle, but with one goal: to never allow the criminals to rise above the states and it’s citizens.
It also criticized the United States for its lack of awareness that they are the main causes of this serious problem: It has a population that consumes the largest amount of drugs in the world, an arms industry that produces and sells destructive weapons to the narcos and a culture and values system that is too permissive.
"It is a country that knows how to pressure others but does very little inside its own territory," the editorial charged.
Given this scenario, the editorial called on the public to not lose the ability to feel outrage at the inhumane death of many innocent people, and called on society to commit to building a better environment and recover the space that crime has stolen.
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