.- The Archdiocese of Antequera-Oaxaca in Mexico has issued a statement calling for an end to the violence that has plagued the region during recent months and for a long-term solution to the problem. Violence has erupted in the region following a series of socialist protests, led by teachers, as the federal government continues to work at settling a disputed national election.
The statement, which was signed by Archbishop Jose Luis Chavez Botello, referred to the confrontations between the local government and teachers and indicated, “It is with sadness and sorrow that we see that situation has worsened.”
“There exists now great distrust, resentment, and insurmountable barriers and each side passionately defends its position and only sees the other as an enemy to be overcome,” the statement emphasized. While “there are legitimate and profound causes that should have been resolved years ago,” it continued, there needs to be a “change of conduct” in order to stop the wave of violence and bring about a “dignified, just, and responsible solution.”
The archdiocese called on both sides to, “reject all forms of violence as a way of resolving social conflicts. Violence always begets more violence,” it said, noting that “peace, justice and the common good should always be above political and economic interests.”
The statement indicated that the federal government also has a responsibility to contribute to a solution to the violence, and all Mexicans should “express their energetic rejection of all violence” and should seek out peaceful solutions, because the situation “demands the serene and constructive participation of all.”