AMERICA/VENEZUELA - The cry of the Bishops: "In the name of God, do not kill young Venezuelans anymore"

Friday, 23 June 2017

Caracas (Agenzia Fides) - "In the name of God, do not kill young Venezuelans. Their great sin is not to believe in a future that resembles the present". This is what Mgr. Oswaldo Azuaje Pérez, O.C.D., Bishop of Trujillo said in his Twitter account. There are numerous expressions of solidarity in recent hours for the violent death of another young young man in Venezuela.
The appeal is now international. Mgr. Silvio Josè Baez, Auxiliary Bishop of Managua, wrote to Fides: "I join my voice to that of my Carmelite brother, Mgr. Azuaje, and I say: In God's Name: Do not kill young Venezuelans anymore". Then he remembered the words of the Holy Father: "An apostle cannot be naive, he must denounce, with name and last name" (meditation at Santa Marta, June 22, 2017).
Yesterday, Thursday, June 22, a young man of the opposition was killed by a military during a demonstration on the umpteenth day of violence fueled by the conflict on the Constituent Assembly convened by President Nicolas Maduro. David Vallenilla, 22, died after having been shot three times during the riots in front of La Carlota Military Air Base in Caracas. 75 people have died since April 1, according to agency data. Even today President Maduro spoke to the country to reiterate that "the Constituent Assembly is moving forward and we will build peace", but the opposition is calling for other demonstrations to stop this process. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 23/06/2017)