VATICAN CITY ( Associated Press) — Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal Sunday in Spanish to end the escalating violence in Peru that calls for the president’s resignation.
Addressing some 15,000 people gathered in St Peter’s Square for his weekly appearance in a window of the Apostolic Palace, Francis said he invited them to pray “so that the acts of violence in Peru stop.”
“Violence destroys the hope of a just solution to problems,” said the Pope. ,
Francis then switched from speaking Italian to speaking Spanish: “I join the bishops of Peru in saying: No more violence, no matter where it comes from! No more death!”.
Francisco, originally from Argentina, said Peruvians were among the faithful in the square on Sunday.
Until recently, the growing protests in Peru were concentrated in the south of the country. They began last month after then-president Pedro Castillo, the first leader with a rural Andean background, was accused and jailed for trying to dissolve Congress.
Protesters are now calling for the resignation of former Vice President Dina Boluarte, who took office on December 7 to replace Castillo. They also want the Congress to be dissolved and fresh elections held. Castillo is currently in custody on charges of insurrection.
At least 55 people have died due to the unrest.