AMERICA/PERU – Curfew in Puno extended: bishops call for immediate solution

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AMERICA/PERU – Puno’s curfew extended: Bishops call for an immediate solution


Puno (Agenzia Fides). – The Puno Government has extended the curfew by ten days. It will be in effect today, January 25, at 8:00 p.m. and will continue until 4:00 a.m. The Prime Minister, President Dina Boularte, and the Ministers Justice, Defence, and Human Rights signed this decree.
The Puno region is made up of 13 provinces and the 107 districts. It is located in the southern part of the country, near the border with Bolivia, on the western shores of Lake Titicaca. The local economy relies on the cattle market and the port commercial. The pre-Columbian archaeological site is located about 50 kilometers from Puno. This site is a popular choice for tourists and scholars. Puno is home to the strongesthold of the antigovernment protests which began on December 7th and have resulted in many deaths and injuries from clashes with the police.
Concerned by the violence in the protests in the South of Peru and the suffering of the people, the bishops from the Peruvian Highlands are now appealing to congress members “so they can find an urgent solution to the demands our brothers and sisters, and prevent more serious events that could lead to loss of life, injury and attacks on public or private property.”
The declaration was signed by Bishop Jorge Carrión Puno, Bishop of the Diocese of Sicuani and Apostolic Administrator of the Ayaviri Prelature Pedro Bustamante, Bishop of the Prelature of Huancané Giovanni Cefai and Bishop of the Prelature of Juli Ciro Quispe.
This text recalls Pope Francis’ appeal for Peru at Sunday’s Angelus on 22 January, and the recent message from the Peruvian Bishops Conference on 20 January (see Fides 23/1/2023). In communion with their priests the bishops are aware of the dire situation in which the communities are in. They also emphasize the sacred and inviolable nature of human life as a gift to God.
The bishops remember the Catholic communities’ support during the pandemic, as they tried to ease the suffering of the people “in a quiet and supportive way”. Caritas continues this commitment today, “in our current painful situation”, with the parishes and Caritas “so that people are never alone and won’t be alone in future, but will always accompany us, in the pains of the families who lost their children, brothers, and mothers in these conflicts, as well the wounded.”
The bishops hope to continue providing people with food, medical, legal, and psychological support in the future. They also warn people not to fall for fake news on social networks. The text ends with a call to the executive and legislative branches, as well as to the legislature to respond in a respectful, humble way to the demands of those who wish to be heard. We are optimistic that peace and tranquility will be restored to our nation in this instance. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 25/1/2023)



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