For my money, the most interesting bit of the N24 write-up on this is the Photo Credit: “Foto: Prensa María Corina Machado”. Erm, she has an in-house press shop? OK so she’s definitely running for president.
Oh and, I know our one Brazilian reader thinks Sao Paulo’s crime-fighting approach is far more serious than Rio’s. I have no reason at all to doubt that. But, from a Venezuelan point-of-view, that’s like having an impassioned Mac vs. PC argument in front of a guy who only has an abacus to do sums. We are so desperately, achingly far removed from having anything even beginning to ressemble a serious police response to urban violence, the terms of the Rio vs. Sao Paulo debate are barely comprehensible to us.
Oh and, I can’t help myself from pointing out that, according to this study, each additional student enrolled in a Conditional Cash Transfer program in Sao Paulo prevents 6.5 crimes, including 4.0 robberies, 1.1 thefts, and 0.9 violent crimes.Caracas Chronicles is 100% reader-supported. Support independent Venezuelan journalism by making a donation.