Caracas (Agenzia Fides) - "What happened in Tumeremo is very serious. The government has to carry out its duty to protect the safety and property of Venezuelans, said the Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino during a television program broadcast yesterday, Palm Sunday. The Cardinal pointed out that there are many other places in Venezuela such as Tumeremo, which are "dominated by criminals": "what happened in Tumeremo highlights a kind of abandonment on behalf of the town's Government security".
The national community is still shocked by the case: 28 miners were unwilling to give in to threats from criminal groups and have disappeared. Some local media have speculated that they have been killed, others burned or otherwise killed (see Fides 11/03/2016).
Cardinal Urosa talked about the situation that the country is facing, because "the government has imposed a Marxist-communist economic model that has ruined life in the countryside, therefore there is no more agricultural production". "We cannot continue like this - said the Archbishop of Caracas -. With food shortages, rationing of electricity, among other problems ... The government must understand that it cannot continue like this. There must be a good dialogue in order to resolve this situation and for the country to be able to move forward".
Finally, the Cardinal recalled that "Holy Week should be a time of reflection on what we are experiencing in the country". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 21/03/2016)