“They send out a statement that at six in the evening everyone has to be at home. So everyone has to obey,” he recounted.
“Schools close, churches have to celebrate Mass before a certain time of day, and the entire community has to close their businesses; therefore, it seems that they’re the ones exercising authority,” said the Bishop of Buenaventura, who asked the government to guarantee the rights of the population.
Bishop Jaramillo explained that the urban area of Buenaventura is dominated by Los Shottas and Los Espartanos, which had previously formed a single group called La Local.
The prelate said that the groups are confronting each other “for the control of the neighborhoods, for the drug trafficking routes and for imposing new extortion zones.” He said this causes great anxiety because the clashes take place in the streets and the population must hide.
The bishop said that the police and the armed forces react in time when these situations occur, however,…