Church in Paraguay warns occupation of land aggravates tensions in the country

.- The Diocese of San Pedro in Paraguay has issued a statement warning that the violent occupation of private property is only leading to more violence and strife between Paraguayans.

The Diocese, where ex-bishop and now President Fernando Lugo was pastor, issued its statement last weekend condemning the continual occupation of private property and the threats of new action by the movement “Los Sintierra.”

Signed by Bishop Adalberto Martinez, the statement points out that the “recent occupation of private property and the threats to continue such action, as well as the gestures and statements that show no respect for the rule of law, do not contribute to social peace and instead create an unnecessary climate of antagonism during this time of transition we are experiencing.”

The bishop acknowledged the legitimate complaints regarding agriculture and land reform that has been partially undertaken by officials, but he said that lasting and comprehensive solutions are not possible until after the transition to the new government.

“The Church calls on all social and political leaders involved in the conflict over properties in the San Pedro province to prudence, common-sense and calm,” Bishop Martinez stated.

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