“Not one more death” – Statement by the Jesuits of Peru
In Peru, in a context of great political tension that has seen President Pedro Castillo imprisoned after he tried to dissolve the parliament, demonstrations have turned violent in several parts of the country. As of Sunday, January 15, 49 people lost their lives in clashes with law enforcement. The Jesuit Province of Peru issued the following statement. The photos are courtesy of the Archdiocese of Lima, where a mass on Sunday was celebrated by Archbishop Carlos Castillo in memory of the victims.
Statement by the Jesuits of Peru
12 January 2023
The Jesuits of Peru, together with all our apostolic body - composed of educational, pastoral and social institutions - express our rejection of the disproportionate use of violence by the State in the containment of the protests that have arisen in different parts of the country.
We call on all those who take advantage of the current circumstances, by committing crimes or trying to impose violent interests, not to delegitimize the constitutional right to peaceful protest that protects all Peruvians.
In particular, we call upon all those in authority to make decisions aimed at a consensual solution to the crisis, and to always put respect for life, God's supreme gift according to our Christian convictions, first and foremost.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God" (Mt. 5:9).
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