In Mexico, ongoing violence continues during Holy Week
A pair of passion plays were interrupted by gunfire on Good Friday as the violence convulsing Mexico continued claiming lives through the Holy Week holidays.
An annual procession in Acapulco was suspended on 30th March after the sound of gunshots sent participants and spectators fleeing, according to local press reports. The Guerrero state government said police were chasing a trio of suspected car thieves, though local media say a conflict between criminal groups occurred and two people were killed.
In the northern city of Reynosa, on the Texas border, a shootout also forced spectators and participants to seek safety. Videos circulating on social media showed the man portraying Christ stopping and squatting as shots rang out, then abandoning the cross he was carrying to hide behind parked vehicles.
Mexico, where 83 per cent of the population professes Catholicism, endured its most murderous year on record in 2017 with 29,158 homicides. The homicide rate in January and February was 21 per cent higher than the same period last year.
Picture: People react as others run for cover after a shooting near a Via Crucis procession in Acapulco, Mexico, on 30th March. (CNS photo/Stringer, Reuters).Tags: Acapulco, good friday, holy week, mexico, Reynosa, Texas, violence