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Holy Water Deployed To Combat Colombia Drug Violence

BUENAVENTURA

The bishop of a Colombian city that is suffering from a deadly spike in drug violence boarded a firetruck to spray the town’s main street with holy water and help to “cleanse it” of evil. Bishop Rubén Jaramillo Montoya performed the gesture on 10th February during a protest against violence in Buenaventura, a city of about half a million people on Colombia’s Pacific Coast. During the event, thousands of local residents, dressed in white and wearing face masks, also formed a 12-mile-long human chain that crossed most of the city. “This is a way of acknowledging that there is evil in this city, but that we want it to leave,” Bishop Jaramillo said. “We are also imploring the people in gangs to leave their weapons behind.”

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