Or else!

Gimme yer guns or else...plo plo!
Don’t make me go back there!

Carabobo governor Francisco Ameliach is serious about crime.

How serious?

So serious, the guy is giving the state’s criminal gangs a deadline: give up all your weapons within 20 days, or else.

Ermmmm…isn’t that the security policy version of giving someone three minutes to run around the supermarket grabbing all they can for free?! Except, you know, for three weeks, and with your stuff, and armed?!??

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  1. What say you, Jesse Chacons promise of stepping down as president of CORPOELEC if he didnt solve the problem of power blackouts?

  2. Pathetic attempt. Fear is the only motivator for enforcing the law. The fear of going to prison, the fear of being fined, etc. This fear is what malandros lack, and more towards this kind of ‘threat’. It’s all a consequence of impunity.

  3. I wonder if this means that after some study, it has been determined that the collective political memory has a duration of no more than 20 days to 1 month.

  4. As a Carabobo resident, the saddest thing about Ameliach is that unless his approval ratings are bad and the chavistas do not renominate him, he is not very vulnerable in the next gubernatorial elections. I do not want four more years with this clown. Then again, he won easily because how ridiculously unpopular Salas Feo was.

    • Well, right now, the most likely candidate for the opposition for governor is Scarano. We’ll have to see if both Scarano and Ameliach get the nomination ticket, and if Scarano prevails.

  5. What are you complaining about ?? In the UK it took 13 years, yep 13 years for our highly organised American sponsored Irish criminals/terrorists to hand over their weapons.
    Twenty days seems to be slightly less than the normally disorganised approach to problem solving in Venezuela.

    • “In the UK it took 13 years, yep 13 years for our highly organised American sponsored Irish criminals/terrorists to hand over their weapons.”

      But it took Robert E. Lee’s army just a few hours to give up their arms at Appomattox.

  6. Meanwhile, armed thugs collectively pointed and laughed at their TV screens, proceeding to the funeral procession of their generic brother-in-arm to fire their guns in the air in his memory while the police force stood idly by watching with vague curiosity.

  7. This military coup monger talked about the Invasiones. The chutzpah!

    Yes, Puerto Cabello municipality is a disaster but his references now to Puerto Cabello shows he acts just like a lazy dog that belatedly hears noises and tries to react less his master doesn’t give him a bone.
    I keep the statistics of murders for Carabobo. Here you have the murders for January-December 2013 for the municipalities Libertador (Carabobo’s, just Southeast and bordering Valencia proper)
    and Puerto Cabello (not sure they included the Spear murder):

    Carabobo’s Libertador: 20 23 14 13 17 14 21 21 21 17 11 18
    Puerto Cabello: 8 7 13 6 9 10 8 7 13 5 8 12
    Total Libertador: 210
    Total Puerto Cabello: 106

    According to the census of 2010 Libertador had about 166166 inhabitants (on the side: it seems it has more voters than people over 18 years old) and Puerto Cabello 182493 inhabitants.
    Basic statistics tell us that Libertador (Carabobo) has a murder
    rate of 126.4 and Puerto Cabello one of 58.1 murders per
    100,000 inhabitants.

    I am Valencian. The murderers of Spear were mostly guys who were living in the invasiones that started to spread in El Cambur and surroundings when the Llanero coup monger Chávez was alive. That happened in the San Esteban National Park. I have checked out the IDs of those in the Spear murder who were already 18 by 2010. Most of them are registered in the by far most Chavista areas of Puerto Cabello (really, to the voting centre). They belong mostly to the invasiones.

    Feo junior was an arrogant incompetent and his family is one that has seen Greater Valencia-‘Carabobo’ as their feud since the Independence (not only them, of course).
    Still, it was thanks to Chavismo that 1) the roads in Carabobo went to pot and 2) road control became equal to zero.

    Right now most police controls are carried out to cars that might look “too heavy”, with tyres that are too worn-out or else those the cops think can get with something wrong in the list of papers for insurance etc. They just want money from them “to prevent a real fine”.
    Malandros are not their priority.

    The region has a relatively high amount of university students and professionals and skilled workers – for Venezuelan standards- but the political leaders we have got are a shame.
    The fact the MUD didn’t push for primaries in the state when there was time complicated things.

    • I don’t agree with “the political leaders we have got are a shame”, it wasn’t always the case, and isn’t completely the case right now.

      The Celis (adeco local caudillos pre 1988) have a terrible reputation, at least in my circles, and Salas Feo was not as good as his father, yet he was way better than Acosta Carlez as a governor. However, but Salas Römer (Sr.) and Paco Cabrera had awesome administrations.

      Furthermore, Carabobo has had three munipalities in the top 5 most transparent Venezuelan administrations in the last decade. Twice two municipalities have been there concurrently. When Paco was mayor, Valencia was awarded twice in municipal transparency according to Transparencia Venezuela. Naguanagua under Julio Castillo was also awarded for a transparent administration.
      In 2011, both Naguanagua (under Alejandro Feo La Cruz) and San Diego (under Enzo Scarano) were in the top 5 in trasparency, San Diego as 3rd and Naguanagua as 4th. That’s not two shabby by Venezuelan standards, in my opinion.

      I definately agree with “The fact the MUD didn’t push for primaries in the state when there was time complicated things.”

      The Salas-Scarano feud has spiraled out of control, with ProVe and Cuentas Claras trying to outmanouver each other. A primary would have allowed to settle the issue and have both parties work constructively. This feud cost us the Valencia Mayorship 5 years ago, and cost us the majority in the Valencia Municipal Council this year.

      • I think we agree in most things here but I have higher expectations for Carabobo.
        Come on! It’s one of the most urbanized places of Venezuela, home to a huge university!

        How could we get the politics high-jacked by the Salas? It’s true the old Salas was decent…but only as compared to the rest we have had.

        Enzo Scarano is also decent but then even he is a little bit of a “aquí se hace lo que me da la gana”. I am not sure about how free he is from nepotism (nobody seems to be exempt of it in Carabobo, it seems).

        Cocchiola has just started but I didn’t like at all his attitude of spending time in Miami for so long just before the elections. Also: we saw it coming that Chavismo was going to take away most of Valencia’s goodies. He didn’t react as he should, also pre-emptively.
        And now Ameliach returned the Teatro Municipal but that’s about it and that’s peanuts. The real prize is the Parque Recreacional del Sur. We saw that coming!

        • That I can agree with, we can set the bar higher.

          I think both sides have major virtues and major flaws.

          ProVe has nepotism, and recently got a taste for “consensus” candidacies (like Salas Feo and Feo La Cruz). But as a party is way ahead of the MUD in female inclusion, and has made a habit of supporting independents, people from academia, NGOs and the private sector. It also has under its belt uncovering scandals like Pudreval, and others.

          Cuentas Claras & Co has a strong tendency to support Italian-Venezuelan business owners (like Cocchiola), and also a worrying willingness to play dirty (like putting Julio Castillo out of the race, or launching a parallel list for municipal councils). It has under its belt running San Diego properly, with the lowest crime stats in the State (and one of the lowest in the country).

          Cocchiola started with the wrong foot for me, due to Julio Castillo incident, but I’m still giving him the benefit of the doubt. On the other hand, I’m not going to be measuring him against AlcaParra, but against Paco Cabrera.

          I think Carabobo really needs that feud to stop, because it’s distracting them from they real fight, and someone else might eat their lunch. I’d take any of those parties before AD and PSUV (for obvious reasons), but I also prefer those parties for local government than VP (which I respect a lot) or PJ, simply because those parties are more Caracas-centric, and Carabobo needs voices to speak for decentralization of powers and resources.

  8. Or else what?: “…vamos a aplicarles todo el peso de la ley”. (We will apply the full weight of the law.)

    Uh…. so, why weren’t you doing that all along? It’s like, well… your job.

    • yep, either the gangs give up their life of crime or the State government will start doing what they were supposed to be doing from the beginning and start safeguarding the lives of their constituents!

      anybody remember during the presidential campaign when Maduro hugged some confessed criminals that swore they would give up their activities if Nicky M was elected?


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