AMERICA/PARAGUAY - Bishops denounce the disproportionate violence against farmers

Friday, 23 September 2016 episcopal conferences   indigenous   violence   politics  

Asunción (Agenzia Fides) - "The Church condemns any acts that go against the dignity of human beings, whatever their social status is, but especially when it comes to the most vulnerable sectors of society, such as families of farmers": this is how the statement of the Bishops' Conference of Paraguay sent to Fides begins. The complaint concerns the eviction of the families of farmers from Guahory colony, in the district of Tembiaporá (department Caaguazú), where they lived for a long time, and took place on September 15, which aroused great echo in the Country for the excessive use of force.
The Bishops continue: "one condemns and complains about the excessive and disproportionate intervention of the police to destroy the crops and the houses of farmers, in a land whose ownership is disputed and has not yet been established and proven in a sufficient manner".
The statement presents this request: "once again, we see the need to tackle an integral agrarian reform seriously and urgently, that allows farm families to remain on their land". Finally he recalls "the obligation for the authorities to moderate actions and respect the rights and dignity of all, providing the necessary guarantees for the most vulnerable". (CE) (Agenzia Fides 23/09/2016)