Mexican Jesuits demand justice after a month of massacre | News

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The Society of Jesus in Mexico made public this Wednesday a statement in which it demands justice for two of its missions, one month after their murders, together with that of two laymen in Cerocahui, Chihuahua.

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According to the note from the Jesuits, the Catholic company claims to be convinced “that if impunity prevails – as it has up to now – it will not be possible to advance towards reconciliation and peace.”

Likewise, it claims that “for the Society of Jesus it is a priority to guarantee the rights of the Rarámuri communities,” as well as that “the structural causes of violence in the Sierra, which have prevailed for decades, must be reversed.”

In this sense, they denounce that “given the absence of a State in the region, it is essential that the federal forces continue to be present provisionally, with the appropriate protocols to interact with indigenous cultures and ensuring unrestricted respect for human rights, until rebuild the conditions of peace in the Tarahumara communities”.

The Jesuits, in their note, thanked the international and national solidarity, as well as those who have joined the call for justice and reconciliation.

On June 20, the Jesuit priests Javier Campos Morales and Joaquín César Mora Salazar were murdered in the parish of San Francisco Javier, in Cerocahui, in the Sierra Tarahumara in Chihuahua, after trying to defend the tourist guide Pedro Palma Gutiérrez, that he was seeking refuge in the temple and that he was being chased by an armed person.

Despite the pleas of another priest who witnessed the events, the criminal and his accomplices loaded the three bodies into a van and took them away.

The Mexican province of the Society of Jesus announced the news in the early hours of June 21, after having guaranteed the safety of the Jesuits in the area and of the community in general, as it was feared that there would be some kind of retaliation against the population.

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