Deer in the headlights

The face of incompetence
The face of incompetence

Interior Minister Miguel Rodríguez Torres cuts a sad figure. A former military man with little knowledge of the civilian world, he is the public face of the government’s crime-fighting “efforts” during an unprecedented crime wave. To him, everything is peachy.

He tries to put on a brave face, though. Here he is asking people for patience, saying that in three or four years the safety situation will be “consolidated.” (Whatever that means – I think the security situation is pretty consolidated right now, meaning it’s not budging). It doesn’t occur to him that he’s already been on the job for quite some time, and that succesful crime-fighting efforts start showing results pretty quickly. But hey, at least he has a cool radio program to talk about what a great job he’s doing!

Here he is asking the police for “discipline and loyalty.” Isn’t his job to enforce discipline? If you have to give a speech to cops reinforcing the idea of discipline – well, that’s your problem right there. It’s not a matter of convincing.

But no, it seems that he – as well as the rest of the government – thinks criminals can be talked out of their bad ways. Why, motorcycle drivers – some of whom are the most violent criminals in the country – don’t even go to meetings with him! The poor sap has even publicly given out his cell phone number so the public can denounce crime directly to him. I mean, really? ¿Eres … o te haces?

That’s him, though – meetings and more meetings. Nothing in his agenda suggests he is doing anything than a big, nationwide terapia de grupo.

You know what meeting he should have? With Nicolás Maduro, asking for more money for cops. With Luisa Ortega, Prosecutor General, demanding the prosecutor’s office do its job. With Gladys Gutierrez, president of the nation’s highest court, demanding more judges.

It pains me to say it, but nothing is going to happen with crime as long as people like Rodríguez Torres and Maduro are in charge.

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  1. Most of the homicide victims are Chavistas. You would think they would be more worried about killing off their voter base, but apparently not. I guess they figure the birth rate can keep up. When you make it heroic to hate and kill (remind you of Che?) you get hate and killing.

    • Absolutely true. Maduro has a distorted sense of right from wrong.
      Raul and Fidel are personally responsible for over 25,000 murders so they could steal everything from Cuba. These are Maduro’s mentors and idols. Conclusion-Venezuela is ruled by leaders who condone murder.

      • It’s not a matter of whether or not the government condones murder, the problem is that the majority of chavistas do not blame the government for the high crime rates. If they don’t blame the government, then it’s not a real issue politically. Therefore, they can afford to not address it properly because they will not pay a political price for it come election time. Otherwise, all these idiots would have been voted out.

  2. We are going again through the same motions. Tomorrow the opposition could perhaps show boards with the murder rate progression and the statements of the 13 different ministers of Justice we have had in the last 14, 15 years. I posted about this:
    almost all of them were military.

    I wrote the following in the Spanish Wikipedia’s article of Rodríguez Chacín, one of those ministers:

    “El 4 de enero de 2008 fue nombrado nuevamente como Ministro del Interior y Justicia. En julio de el ministro declaró que durante su cargo la tasa de asesinatos en un 28%. Dejó el cargo en septiembre del mismo año”
    Of course it was rubbish.

    Rodríguez Torres, another of the coup monger, and as Rodrigo wrote, one responsible for the murder of several civilians in February of 1992, said a few months earlier he would release figures when the press “se sincerase”. He also repeated in early December how things had improved massively…only that Maduro declared things worsened in December.

    This madness is strengthened by the fact most Venezuelans have an extremely short attention span.

  3. Hbaía un tweet muy bueno que decía que si Rodríguez Torres no pudo contra Blanquita Pérez y unos soldaditos en la Casona, quienes lucharon valientemente y a quien MRT no logró hacer rendir, mucho menos iba a poder con el malandraje en Venezuela

  4. If every Venezuelan who was able to, left the country, what would happen? The Maduro gang would have a country full of impoverished, jobless and uneducated people, and oil worth $90 billion dollars a year, which the Maduros could hand out or personally retain as they deemed fit.

    That’s a nice gig.

    So, isn’t that what they want to achieve by propagating insecurity?

  5. Its hilarious to see the difference in the chavista speech between addressing the issue of crime and some opposition governors sthe holidays overseas. To the malandros is “Come on guys, could you stop killing tens of thousands of people every year? Pretty please? Andaaaa no sean malucos vale, que rabia, ven como son ustedes? :(. To the opposition governors spending their vacation time overseas (With their own money, mind you) Is “YA LOS TENEMOS EN LA LISTA CERDOS FASCISTAS, CUANDO REGRESEN LES VAMOS A DAR PALO DURO POR ESE CULO ASI QUE ES MEJOR QUE VAYAN COMPRANDO VASELINA MAJUNCHES DE MIERDA”

      • To the regime , active opposition leaders , who take vacations abroad are worse criminals than those that klll, terrorize and and steal from innocent people .While a top regime official who gets kickbacks and steals or robs from the govt is not a criminal at all. Their standards are not those of the rest of us .!!

  6. More and better cops, real judges…sounds like a proposal to frontally attack a core constituency of the regime. This guy truly is assigned to fail.

    • Everybody loves blaming the cops, because they’re the most visible piece of the judicial system.

      But take Adolfito, one of the killers of Monica Spear (
      – He was arrested for stealing a motorcycle, and a judge dismissed the case. (2003)
      – He was arrested for drug trafficking and found guilty. Only served 3 months. (2010)
      – He was arrested then processed by a military court, charged with desertion. Was given parole (régimen de presentación). 2013.

      Summary: He was arrested 3 times by the police, yet the system released him 3 times.

      • What system? There is no justice system in Venezuela 😉
        I know not all cops are bad, and that blaming only them is unfair, but please. Many people I know have had nasty encounters with police.

  7. Murder rates don’t tell the whole story. My mother-in-law almost died last year from hemorrhoids! They were so bad, she went without a bowel movement for two weeks, and could not get treatment. Finally with some $ we were able to get her a private doctor for treatment, and she was better until yesterday… she died!

  8. On gordo’s note,
    Other indicators together to Murder and violence must be developed and shared:

    How about a major international drive to estimate the number of Venezuelans leaving every year, ad already living abroad. (hard task since the only source would be the migration records managed by Los piratas del Caribe Inc.

    No todos pueden ser oligarcas! no?

    The importance of the communication is not to drive an understanding of the level or severity of the insecurity/ violence stats, the goal of the oppo communication must be to establish the connection between the violence and the failed performance of justice and law administration by the regime.

    Only when people begin to blame the regime for their situation , will it become a factor for change.

    (BTW sorry about your suegra’s outcome)


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