When violence reaches small towns

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Boconó, Trujillo State

The city of Boconó, located in the Andean state of Trujillo has seen crime grow fast in the last twelve months. Local police admits that every weekend five robberies take place in the town, and retailers are now being extorted. Two who refused to pay were killed in their businesses.

Last week, there were protests there against the lack of security, including one that blocked one of the main entrances to the town.

In recent years, crime has radiated out from the major metropolitan areas into small cities all around the country. Boconó wasn’t the only place to make its discontent public last week.

The people of Sanare (in Lara state) took to the streets to demostrate against the rising numbers of robberies and kidnappings. Stores were closed for the fifth time in a year claiming for more police presence. But not all small towns in Venezuela raise their voice peacefully. Last July, the people of Timotes (Mérida State) simply lost their patience.

Another problem for inhabitants of small towns is the limited access they have to justice. The Chavernment committed itself to establishing 150 municipal courts this year, reducing the pressure on the overcharged system. But the process is going too slow and the TSJ (which manages the country’s courts) is not sure about their possible future.

The “sensation of insecurity” continues to spread across the nation and yet very urgent legislation like the long-delayed Disarmament Bill (Ley Desarme), gets the shaft for another year. Meanwhile, Interior Minister Néstor Reverol focuses his attention on fighting what he calls “destabilizing messages” in social networks.

Thems evil Internets!

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1 COMMENT

      • Enough? I take it you really believe tighter gun control laws will lower gun-related crimes.

        Please tell me how you are going to turn criminals into law-abiding citizens that will switch to knives or baseball bats to do their thing. After all, there is no ban on knives and bats, is there?

  1. Good post…and yet:

    Bocono: Chavez 60.5%, Capriles 29.8%
    Sanare: Chavez 64.9%, Capriles 34.3%
    Timotes: Chavez 50.5%, Capriles 48.9%

    • sarna con gusto no pica, supongo… the people have spoken loudly time and again for the last 14 years, now let them eat their incompetent, hypocritical, corrupted, lying red shirt cake.

  2. Shame, looks like an absolutely beautiful area.

    The best options for these local areas might be what some towns in Mexico have done, let the local police just run traffic while a citizens militia controls all entrances and exist from the town and arrests criminals and drug gangs by themselves. Keep out any national government investigators until things are cleaned up and the evidence disposed of.

  3. “Chavez is what matters here”. Chavez made a 60-40 landslide in Trujillo and Narco Rangel Silva won 80-20. So, let them have their shi¨**** share of their cake!

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