Pope Francis calls for an end to violence and respect for human rights in Peru

“I join the Peruvian bishops in saying ‘no to violence, wherever it comes from, no more deaths,'” the Catholic Church’s highest authority said in Spanish in his weekly sermon in Holy Square – Peter, departing briefly from the rest of the Angelus Commentaries, which were in Italian.

The Pope Francis called this Sunday for an end to the violence in Peru, where nearly 50 people have died in recent weeks in roadblocks, pickets and serious clashes with police in the worst wave of riots the Andean country has seen in two decades.

“I join the Peruvian bishops in saying ‘no to violence, wherever it comes from, no more deaths'”, the pope said in Spanish in his weekly sermon to thousands in St. Peter’s Square, briefly departing from the rest of the Angelus comments, which were in Italian.

Protests erupted in Peru after the former president Pedro Castillo was ousted in December after he attempted to illegally dissolve Congress to avoid an impeachment vote over a corruption scandal.

“Violence stifles hope for a just solution to problems,” said the Argentine pontiff. “I encourage all parties involved to take the path of dialogue between brothers of the same nation with full respect for human rights and the rule of law,” the Pope stressed.

Dozens of people were injured in the latest wave of unrest in Peru on Friday, when security forces in the capital, Lima, they used tear gas to repel protesters who were throwing glass bottles and rocks.

The riots, which until this week had been concentrated in southern Peru, led the government of President Dina Boluarte to extend a state of emergency to six regions, restricting certain civil rights.

Francis too He called for peace and mutual forgiveness in Myanmar, where at least seven civilians were killed this week when armed forces launched airstrikes on a village in the central region of Sagaing.

Myanmar has been plagued by fighting since the military overthrew an elected government in February 2021. Resistance movements, some armed, have sprung up across the country, which the military is trying to suppress using lethal force.

Source: Latercera

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