.- Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima has reiterated the Churchâs call to peace and said social conflicts can only be resolved when there is order and adherence to the truth.
Speaking to reporters on May 31, Cardinal Cipriani referred to recent anti-mining protests that took place in the province of Espinar which left two people dead and forced the government to declare a state of emergency.
âPeople cannot use rocks and lies to achieve development,â he said. âDialogue is not possible when there is no desire for truth, peace and justice.â
âPeace, St. Augustine says, is tranquility in order. I think there is a lack of order and there has to be respect for the law and for authority for there to be order,â the cardinal added. âWe cannot get used to throwing stones and killing in order to demand dialogue.â
He noted that most Peruvians do not agree with the tactics used by the protestors. All Peruvians âwant progress, development and social inclusion,â but ânot through violence.â
âPeru is a peaceful nation that wants justice and wants the truth. For this reason, letâs not abuse the word âdialogueâ when we see so much violence and abuse,â he said.
Peace âis the task not only of those in authority but of all Peruvians,â Cardinal Cipriani underscored.
âPeople need to be provided improvement, investment, water, power, roads and infrastructure, but not by throwing (stones), not through deception.â