How can you tell apart a cops' funeral cortege from a motorizado funeral cortege?

Yelitza Santaella promising more resources for the citizens to protect the cops from crime...
Yelitza Santaella promising more resources for the citizens to protect the cops from crime…

Turns out, in Monagas, you can’t

Maturín.- Una situación de completa anarquía se vive desde tempranas horas de la mañana de este jueves, cuando funcionarios de la Policía de Monagas y familiares del efectivo asesinado Luis José Martínez Solórzano, protestaron por la creciente arremetida del hampa en Monagas.

Debido a esta situación, los funcionarios y los familiares decidieron acudir a la Fiscalía del Ministerio Público ubicada en la calle Sucre con Monagas, donde luego de manifestar con el féretro del funcionario caído, hicieron destrozos en dicha sede.

Reassuring to know that’s who picks up the phone when you call the police, huh?

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  1. “Policías protestaron por la inseguridad en Monagas”

    The headline of the article in El Universal says it all. Another entry for the “Theater of the Absurd”.

    • Meh. I’m sure the conviction and arrest rate of this particular crime is right up there with that of murder. Out of curiosity, which do you consider more damaging to society, murder or fraud to obtain foreign currency?

      See, hereabouts, if we have police not focusing on big crimes like robbery, rape, murder, and others while chasing down speeders or evicting grandmothers, we tend to fire the police, or perhaps more appropriately, fire those in charge of the police.

  2. I don’t think is that weird. In the sense that impunity and injustice can cause these feeling even among those in charge of protecting the rest of society.
    Why would you make it hard for yourself if the attorney is not doing his/her job and criminals end up on the street after few hours of arrest? Sometimes is not even the attorney, is just overcrowding, or delays on due process. The whole system is in a huge mess.
    On top of that, you would have to analyze who is a policeman in this country; low salaries, lack of training, corruption, minimum resources (to put it mildly). I went once to report a crime to a local police station and when the guy was asking where I worked and which was my profession he suddenly stop the interview to ask me if we would have any open vacancies…

    • That’s exactly the feeling I got from this post. The whole automatic-pilot “this-only-happens-in-Venezuela” reaction can only be taken so far. In the end policemen in Venezuela are carne de cañón in the whole mess more than anything else. At least these ones choose to storm the buildings of the corrupt bureaucrats who supposedly are above them in the hierarchy instead of taking advantage of the imperant lawlessness to launch their own secuestro express operation. Somehow I find it hard to believe that the ones profitting from organized crime operations in tandem with the upper echellons would choose to protest in any sense about their working conditions…

        • Maybe if the overall fuckedupness of their situation was the same than the average Venezuelan’s, i.e., earning a survival salary while the political bosses feast in a orgy of petrodollar frenzy, I’d agree burning the thieves’ den to the ground would be over the top. But bearing in mind that in addtion to all that their job implies exposing themselves to an even higher probability of getting filled up with plomo than the already insanely high one that the rest of the population is subject to, I can’t say I wouldn’t just freaking loose it if I was in their shoes.

  3. This is only weird if you are W.E.I.R.D. ( I have discovered since I arrived that all hope of W.E.I.R.D.ness left us with Quico (though most ditch even their thinking about this place’s future). Now, there is only those who complain, those who extort, and those who do drugs.

    The conclusion to me is that, if there is an answer, it won’t be W.E.I.R.D.. We need to get creative, which means first doing a thorough analysis of the power structures, not as we want them, but as they are.

    For instance, we have to understand that the cops no longer belong to a ruling class; heck nothing does (if it’s not El Pueblo’s, it’s the Chinese’s). They have become a gang that works along side the syndicates (to be liberal with the term “syndicate” and the organization it implies). They’ll even back off from spots because, well, it’s not their corner.

    Or look at it this way: the same guys paying the pranes in jail for the criminal organization of the country are the same ones paying the cops. They aren’t protesting against crime, they are protesting for their corners to the high-ups.

    Getting into government is a pipe dream; people here still overwhelmingly love chavismo. They feel closer to the criminal underworld than to W.E.I.R.D. thinkers.

    “Y ahora, ¿cómo podremos ayudarnos?” My as-yet vague answer is that we have to find ways to organize ourselves without such a powerful centralized power as a state. If people can depend on themselves, that alone is a coup.

    (I’ve set myself the goal of finding some of those ways, look for it in the coming weeks on my website. All help is needed and welcome.)


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