AMERICA/MEXICO - Bishop intervenes to calm the people after 'disappeared' person is found dead

Monday, 7 March 2016 violence   bishops   indigenous  

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Veracruz (Agenzia Fides) – Hundreds of people, friends and family members of Victor Garcia Garcia, found dead with evident signs of torture in Ejido Salvador, in the area of Tierra Blanca, staged protests on 5 March in front of military barracks, armed with machete. Shouting at the military the people threatened to take up arms if the army, considered responsible for the presumed murder of four people recently disappeared, did not leave. The soldiers surrounded the barracks and faced the protesters amidst rising tension.
In an attempt to prevent violence, Bishop Eduardo Patiño Leal Bishop of the diocese of Córdoba, accompanied by the parish priest of the church of Matatenatito arrived on the scene to calm the demonstrators urging them "not to lose faith in the law of God", to obtain justice for the death of Victor Garcia. The angry crowds continued to shout threats, calling on the President of the Republic to "move his henchmen away from here".
A report sent to Fides by a local source in the area of Veracruz, Tierra Blanca, speaks of five people who disappeared according to demonstrators taken in custody by state police. In Primero de Mayo the army is thought to have caused the disappearance of four more persons.
After celebrating Mass and offering special prayers for the disappeared persons the Bishop went to Matatenatito to speak with family members and friends of those executed, urging them to remain calm and ask to speak with the military based in the barracks.
(CE) (Agenzia Fides, 07/03/2016)