Brazilian bishops support only peaceful demonstrations

Brasilia, Brazil, Jun 26, 2013 / 12:17 pm (CNA).- The bishops of Brazil issued a statement expressing their solidarity and support for demonstrations aimed at justice in society only when they are non-violent.

Demonstrators in Brazil have been protesting an increase in the cost of public transportation and widespread corruption in the government, as well as the high costs of upcoming events in the country, including the Olympics, World Cup and World Youth Day. Protestors are also calling for greater investment in education and health care.

The bishops offered their “solidarity and support for the demonstrations, when they are peaceful.”

They noted that the protests “have brought to the streets people of all ages, especially young people.”

“This is a phenomenon that involves the Brazilian people and is raising new awareness,” they said. “It requires attention and understanding in order to identify its values and limits, always with the goal of building the just and unified society that we desire.”

The bishops described the protests as a just call to address unresolved problems, such as “corruption, impunity and the lack of transparency.”

However, they stressed that ultimate solutions will only be found through peaceful means and “with the participation of all.”

“No to violent demonstrations and protests and no to violence against protestors and against young people,” they said.

“Everyone, including protestors, must respect order, the common good, the property of all and peace, but the cry of the people must be heard,” the bishops explained.

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