AMERICA/EL SALVADOR - Mgr. Rosa Chavez: "Violence is not the solution to the problem of gangs"

Monday, 23 January 2017 violence   human rights   prisoners   armed groups  

San Salvador (Agenzia Fides) - The Auxiliary Bishop of San Salvador, His Exc. Mgr. Gregorio Rosa Chavez, yesterday expressed in the usual press conference on Sunday, his concern for disputes among the main political forces in El Salvador, after the ARENA party decided to leave the table for dialogue with the government. The decision had already been announced: ARENA had in fact warned that, if the 2017 national budget had been approved underfunded, it would abandon dialogue, dialogue proposed with the aim of reaching agreements with the government.
Mgr. Rosa Chavez went back to talk about the need for solutions related to gangs in the country: "Violence is not the solution, fire is not quenched by putting more gasoline", said the Bishop. "The problem regarding gangs is a real problem. Distrust is normal, but something must be done, because the problem is causing daily anguish and casualties among the population", he said. "In these days we hear the language of arms, which is why we count the dead every day", he stressed. According to the local press, there are about 70,000 gang members and about 16,000 are in prison with extreme security measures, to prevent continuing to plot other crimes. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 23/01/2017)