In Mexico, narco “charges floor” even the churches, according to Cardenal’s confessions

In the midst of the wave of indignation over the murder of Jesuit priests Javier Campos “Gallo” and Joaquín Mora “Morita” in the border city of Chihuahua, now The Cardinal of Guadalajara, José Francisco Robles, assured that organized crime not only stalks the north of the country and confessed that in order to hold the celebrations of the patron saint festivities in the state of Jalisco, it is necessary to obtain the authorization of the plaza boss and hand over part of the money collected from the festivities to organized crime.

It is a confession that joins the dozen claims within the Catholic Church in Mexico against the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

According to the cleric, last week he was detained and interrogated by an organized crime group that maintains a checkpoint in the area, “All those parishes that are in that area to be able to celebrate the patron saint festival, that is, the town fair, have to obtain permission from the person in charge of the plaza. The person in charge of the square authorizes the priest to celebrate the patronal festival but he has to report with 50% of the result of the festival”

In addition, he indicated that the bishop of Zacatecas, Sigfredo Noriega Barceló, was also detained at a checkpoint while driving along the highway that runs along the limits of Jalisco and Zacatecas.

Given the context, He asked the authorities to provide security and protection to the people who live in this region, due to the high rates of violence that prevail in the region.

“That is the ordinary thing, it is not the first time that it happens to me, I have already gone to those directions and those checkpoints are established there, with heavy weapons, with long weapons. Two checkpoints on the same route”, insisted the priest.

“They do the same to everyone who passes by. What I say is why, with what authority does an organized crime group obstruct you, arrest you and investigate you? Why?” she questioned.

For its part, He lamented the situation of generalized violence that is currently being experienced in Mexico, and stressed that priests, being citizens who do not ask for privileges when transiting, also suffer from that insecurity. “To everyone who passes by, they do the same thing. What I say is: why, with what authority does an organized crime group obstruct you, arrest you, investigate you?

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