Bishop tours city on fire engine for huge exorcism and to ‘boot out’ demons

A bishop has been touring a Colombian city blighted by crime on a fire engine to carry out a huge exorcism and boot "demons" from the area.

Monsignor Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya made headlines when he wanted to fly over Buenaventura in a helicopter to pour holy water onto its streets.

He told a local radio station earlier this year: "We want to go around the whole of Buenventura from the air and pour holy water onto it… to see if we exorcise all those demons that are destroying our port."

The 52-year-old bishop has now toured the city's streets on a fire engine dousing the roads and paths with holy water while carrying out an exorcism.

He is said to have visited 12 different parts of the city where massacres, murders, shootings and other violent incidents have taken place.

While the city is the busiest port in Colombia and accounts for 60% of all the country's imports, it has been impoverished by gangs trying to take control of it.

In the past year, there have been 54 murders in the city which has 333,000 residents.

According to local media, the first stop of the "exorcism", as the bishop called it, was the Las Palmas neighbourhood. It has reportedly been under the control of gangs for years and has seen dozens of youngsters killed.

Local business owners are reportedly forced to pay gangs running rackets and residents are preyed on by loan sharks who kill clients who miss one payment.

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