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Mexican government investigating meeting between Catholic Bishop with local drug lord to stop violence in the region of Guerrero

April 10, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican government investigating meeting between Catholic Bishop with local drug lord to stop violence in the region of Guerrero

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Mexican federal government officials are reportedly investigating the latest meeting between Catholic Bishop Salvador Rangel Mendoza and the head of a cartel in the state of Guerrero, to quell the violence in his region.

Rangel Mendoza, the Catholic Bishop in Chilpancingo, Guerrero, revealed during one of this sermon’s that he had traveled to meet with the local drug kingpin on Good Friday in an effort to bring peace to the region.

The meeting occurred just three months before Mexico’s presidential election where Guerrero has seen the slaying of 12 political candidates in the last year.

Rangel Mendoza noted that the citizens of Pueblo Viejo paid for his journey by helicopter to the mountainous region of the state where one of the dominating cartels in the area maintains their stronghold, according to Breitbart Texas.

During the gathering, the bishop claimed to have asked him to stop murdering candidates, as well as to decrease the violence in the region. He also reportedly thanked the crime lord for bringing back water and electricity to the area.

“One (of the drug lord’s conditions) is for candidates to not be giving money to buy votes and to instead fund improvements in the communities,” Rangel Mendoza stated.

Bishop Salvador Rangel Mendoza, who has previously brokered narco-peace treaties between narco groups and negotiated the release of kidnapping victims, defended such meetings with violent drug traffickers in a February interview with the Guardian in the U.K.

“I am not reproaching their conduct, just to be allowed to talk with them and be able to resolve a very small problem – even if it is tiny – is important to me, they still respect their priests,” the Bishop said.

Rangel Mendoza, who has allowed at least eight separate organized crime groups in the diocese, maintains he fears the Mexican government more than narco-traffickers.

“I’m really much more afraid of the government than the [criminal] groups,” said Rangel. “I’ve asked for help from some politicians, and they said, ‘We can’t get involved, It’s because they’re sponsored by one of these groups and they don’t want to risk the deal.”

“I can talk with (drug traffickers) and they have told me: ‘we’re narcotics traffickers, not hitmen.’ One day I told them ‘perhaps try killing less,’ and they told me ‘when it’s not necessary.’”

The clergyman has also emplored cartel leaders to stop targeting Catholic priests.

Cartel gunmen shot and killed two Catholic priests in the rural areas of Guerrero in February. The killings remain unsolved.

The mountainous regions of Guerrero continue to see out of control violence where various cartels and smaller groups continue to battle for control of drug production territories. The region is being contested by several organized crime groups such as La Familia Michoacana, Guerreros Unidos, Los Rojos, Los Ardillos, Los Tequileros, and El Cartel De La Sierra.

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