(In)secure fatherland

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B4Cicpc-660x330This weekend, three major violent incidents around the country left a total of 17 deaths: eight at a graduation party in Caicara del Orinoco, five during a birthday party in Valle de la Pascua and four in Western Maracaibo.

But Interior Minister Miguel Rodríguez Torres insists that crime has been reduced 30%, thanks to the “Patria Segura” plan.

Of course, he’s following the recently established tradition of previous Interior Ministers by saying these kinds of statements without releasing any official data to back it up. And for those who dare to criticize him and his plan (like NGO Control Ciudadano’s Rocío San Miguel), he uses the devastatingly original “CIA operative” card to try discredit them.

Meanwhile, Rodríguez Torres keeps silence over last week’s attempt by several colectivos (armed groups) to liberate one of their own from a Bolivarian Police station in Catia (in the west side of Caracas). After all, colectivos harrassing the police in that part of the capital is the new normal.

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  1. If not already operating within Venezuela, the Mexican Cartels would have a ripe new playground there. I can only imagine how inept the GN or other police bodies would be at trying to control them.

    • They wont try to control them, but to colaborate and make business with them at high levels. Im not surprised if low intensity cells of Sinaloa and Zetas operate here somehow. We are a drug haven.

    • A few months ago, CC posted a great radar-tracking chart showing the massive international flight traffic out of…Táchira and Apure. Unless there is a massive and booming underground micro-tourist enterprise in capybara hunting that I am not aware of, there is no “if” out there.

  2. It boggles my mind that a bunch of heavily armed people with balaclavas can stand outside a police station and make demands, with impunity, but if you are a newspaper which publishes stories about the body count, you can be prosecuted for disturbing the peace.

    • If it’s hard for Venezuelans to wrap their head around that, imagine how hard it is for people in other countries. They just can’t comprehend.

  3. Can someone explain what Rodriguez meant with this quote (from the linked source):

    ““Sincerar las cifras debe ser algo recíproco. Cuando los medios se sienten conmigo y me digan que van a ser sinceros, que vamos a trabajar entre todos en pro de la seguridad, podremos hablar claro”, manifestó.”

    What exactly are the media outlets doing that he doesn’t like? Saying that the government figures are bogus or short of the real numbers?

    Isn’t most media now controlled by the government itself? Or is that less true than what most opposition people would have you believe?

    • Good question.
      I really ask myself that kind of stuff all the time and I wonder: what the hell is happening to Venezuelan journalists? Recently there was the statement about 1 million young people doing nothing…I don’t know what the minister meant by “young” but one way or the other it means the government is lying shamelessly about the young who are attending school AND it is lying also about the unemployment levels (something we know, but this is just another confirmation).
      I analysed the scarce data from the census and plotted it against the CNE voters for 2011
      Like:
      http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8UH_abjObMQ/UeFl_bgkf3I/AAAAAAAADqg/gBKsgqKDopg/s1600/inevene.png
      Numbers don’t make sense.

    • IMHO, he wants to influence the way how the data would be covered in the media if he releases it or otherwise he keeps the status quo and shows nothing.

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