AMERICA/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Saving young people from drugs instead of blaming each other on dirty money

Tuesday, 23 June 2020 drugs   youth   politics   bishops   missionary animation  


Santo Domingo (Agenzia Fides) – Mgr. Jesús Castro Marte, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo, criticized the parties' attitude towards the proposals they present to the electorate, asking that they include protests related to drug trafficking, as content of the campaign itself. "The allegations made by several parties linking drug trafficking organizations and candidates as the content of the campaign, reduced a problem to a show of accusations and discussions between the parties, without proposing a solution", said the Bishop.
It is a pity that political parties are not in the debate phase on the proposals of their government programs and, on the contrary, are promoting those who "are more or less tied to drug money". On the other hand, Mgr. Castro Marte noted that the political protagonists should raise a topic that is at the forefront of their debate proposals to seek a global solution and thus save young people from this scourge. "In these times, democratic institutions should be supported, the laws that punish these practices that harm the state and our society", he reiterated.
Meanwhile, the rate of coronavirus infections is accelerating in the Dominican Republic: on Sunday, June 21, the country registered 899 new cases in one day, and elections are in exactly two weeks time.
The total number of confirmed infections amounts to 26,677 and the death toll rises to 662, according to the bulletin published by the Ministry of Health. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 23/6/2020)