The Mexican bishops’ conference called for calm and reflection after well-armed members of a drug cartel descended on the city of Culiacan and forced Mexican security forces to release the son of convicted cartel kingpin Joaquin Guzman Loera, known as ‘El Chapo’.
In statement on 18th October, a day after the violence in Culiacan, capital of Sinaloa state, the bishops “offered prayers” and “expressed solidarity” with the victims and their families.
“We exhort those who provoke violence, death and suffering to rethink (their actions,) repent and convert,” the bishops said.
The statement continued, “We urge the authorities to make an extra effort to reduce the staggering levels of violence that a large part of our population suffers through the length of the country.”
And “for all believers and people of goodwill, we invite them to join us in working for peace, overcoming all rivalries, confrontation and personal interests.”
Violence erupted in Culiacan on 17th October after Mexican security forces detained Ovidio Guzman Lopez in mid-afternoon.
Gunmen from the Sinaloa cartel quickly deployed around the city, blockading roads with burning vehicles, engaging security forces in gun battles and provoking a mass jail break in which more than 50 inmates escaped.
Picture: A drug cartel in Culiacan, Mexico, burned a bus on 18th October 2019, during a clash with national security forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzman, son of drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman. (CNS photo/Jesus Bustamante, Reuters).