The morgue conundrum, cont.


IMG_0000068887_W_00600The days of Caracas’ main morgue in Bello Monte could be numbered: in the upcoming weeks, two new facilities located in Caricuao and El Llanito will take on part of the work.

However both premises face some issues before they can become operational: while in Caricuao problems are technical, El Llanito faces opposition from the local community.

As the morgue conundrum has a solution in sight, the spiral of violence continues unchanged in the capital. Even places of worship are no longer safe from crime. Last week, a priest was beaten during an attempted robbery in Caricuao, and two churches in Barinas State have been robbed in the last month.

Days ago, Nicolás Maduro promised in Maracaibo that action will be taken but he put the blame on “imperialist movies and TV shows” as the root cause. Just like Chávez did…

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  1. Imperialist movies and TV shows apperantly have the opposite effect at home, where violence is at historic lows …
    How stupid do you have to be to believe it anyway?

  2. Violent crime as a whole has dropped dramatically in the US these last 20 years , what we do see is the recent rise of a rare but highly frightening form of mass murder by people who generally are mentally ill , These rare cases however lack statistical relevance as the basic trend in the US is one of steeply falling crime rates , this tends to show that the effect of violent media entertainment ( so popular in the US) may not be an important factor in the causation of most forms of violent crimes.
    The kind of violent crime we see in Venezuela is not the kind of crazed mass murder we see happen in the US , also the trend in Venezuela is of ever climbing violent crime statistics during the last 10 years , the opposite of whats happening in the US. The US mass murderer acts in a crazed way , the local malandros as if their murders made them feel proud , as if they proudly enjoyed their acts of cruelty, their exhibitionistic scorn for human life. from the above one might conclude that we are in the presence of two different kind of causes operating to foster the increase of violents crimes in Venezuela and the incidence of rare acts of crazed mass murders in the US.
    The regime of course places blame not on its failed and neglectul anti crime efforts but on a popular form of ‘capitalist’ entertainment the better to score points in its highly imaginative -struggle’ against capitalist values and the evil Empire role the foist on the USA.

  3. Crime is bad allover the world and there are no single reasons, greed, people being poor and needing money, weakness,power, corruption, poor judgement, peer pressure, movies and media and the list could go on.

    I would blame systems and capitalism over all. The dog eat dog world that people have to get over on other people.

    To change the subject looks like one guy we know won’t need that morgue anytime soon, hey!
    So many, so wrong on this list. maybe some day people will learn to wait for things to happen rather than make them up.

    Viva Chavez!
    Long live the people who are the revolution, forward to real socialism.
    Rojo Rojito

    • A point to ponder , if poverty is the cause of crime , and the regime has done so much to improve the lot of the poor why then are Venezuelan crime statistics climbing so dramatically instead of dropping ?

    • Crime is bad allover the world? False. There are pretty quiet and safe places, and not all of them are rich or in “developed” countries. But let’s take your nonsense at face value. Crime is bad allover the world, and worst “ofall” in Venezuela and several other select places.

      As for the dog-eat-dog mentality in Venezuela, it becomes worse, the more the country becomes Socialist. It’s something worse than I have ever! seen in the very capitalistic U.S.A. and EU. Wonder why…

    • You are incorrect when you state that “crime is bad allover”, crime, particularly homicide has increase considerably particularly in Venezuela. The UNODC 2011 Global Study on Homicide ( ) stated:
      Most of the cocaine trafficked to the United States through Central America and the Caribbean originates in Colombia, with smaller amounts also originating in Peru. It is notable that drug seizures in Colombia itself have progressively increased over the past decade, reflecting the increased efforts of the Colombian authorities to confront all organized criminal groups involved in drug production and trafficking. Over the same period, while some cities have seen large increases in homicides, overall Colombia has seen a decline in its homicide rate of more than a half, from over 70 per 100,000 at the beginning of the decade to 33 in 2010 (see box in chapter 6).

      On the other hand, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has experienced the opposite, with significant declines in cocaine seizures while the homicide rate increased steadily to 49 per 100,000 population. Whilst the activities of drug trafficking organizations certainly play a significant role in Venezuela, the increase in homicide in this case may also be linked to other factors including general conventional crimes. Ecuador also saw a steady increase in its homicide rate up to over 21 in 2008, as the country became an alternative route for drug trafficking to North America and has recently reported increasing seizures of cocaine. The Plurinational State of Bolivia and Peru have homicide rates well below those three countries, albeit with some fluctuations, and seizures of cocaine were relatively high in both countries and increased further in 2009-2010 (see Bolivia box page 55).

      In spite of the large variations between homicide patterns and trends throughout the Americas it is clear that the changing patterns of drug trafficking, inter-gang competition and violence, as well as the on-going battle with law enforcement agencies, have driven an increase in lethal violence to alarmingly high levels. When the rule of law is severely challenged by organized crime, it is difficult for weakened States to re-establish the monopoly of law enforcement. The example of Colombia shows that it can take many years to reverse a progressively rising homicide rate and re-establish basic security long after political conflicts have ended …”

      Law enforcement is one of the many failures of the revolution.

  4. The new morgues most likely are set up to protect the Venezuelan mortality statistics more than to give dignity to the dead or to help fight crime. Do they have covered entrances and exits so no one can tell how many bodies went in and out? Is security to keep photographers away much tighter?

    Sorry but I am a cynic on this topic.


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