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While public attention focused on the Spear-Berry case, there were other 2.839 murders in the start of 2014.

Even though crime has taken a backseat in people’s minds amid the current wave of protests, it doesn’t mean the problem has gone away. Quite the opposite.

El Universal is reporting that, according to off-the-record sources from the criminal investigations police (CICPC), there were 2,841 murders in Venezuela during the first two months of 2014. Compared to the same period last year, there were 265 murders more in 2014. That averages out to 48 murders per day.

Violent crime became the (supposedly) biggest priority for the state after the murders of former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and her husband on January 6th. But after pushing for a sort-of peace plan (which looks more like a list of good intentions), and even hosting a national peace conference, the peace vibe has been thrown out the window thanks to the ongoing crisis, particularly so after the “candelita que se prenda, candelita que apagamos” thing.

The rise in the murder rate is not really caused by the protests. For the record, the official number of deaths related to the protests is nineteen, according to the Prosecutor General Luisa Ortega Diaz. It would be twenty-one if the two casualties from yesterday’s events in Caracas are included.

But the focus of authorities is to shut down all kinds of protests, even the more creative ones: during Carnival celebrations earlier this week in the town of Chivacoa (Yaracuy State), the local police tried to arrest people disguised as corn flour, cement and toilet paper, because it was an act of “subliminal protest”. Whatever …

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  1. Yeah, let’s not pretend Maduro’s government care about the dead. Just like Chávez, they only “care” when the dead is important enough (See Mónica Spears). Are you an unimportant person? Sorry, you are just part of the statistics.

    • José M. ,
      Don’t forget that the dead vote in Venezuela.

      Moreover, statistical deaths do not get attention. They are just a number. When a victim is identified is when the press gives it attention.

  2. What the regime says or does is no longer worth any consideration attempting to extract logic or meaning. I heard this morning that Maduro said this morning that he is sending a special envoy to USA to repair relations and try to change the USA’s erroneous image of Venezuela. Any chance of that succeeding?

  3. Subliminal protest!! Man these guys are getting lamer and lamer each day, the protest are only helping by accelerating the rate of their rhetoric’s descense. It’s a shame that won’t help unless more under privileged people get in on it. At least it’s good news that more and more corners of the country are starting to speak up, I was surprised when I read this was in Yaracuy!

    • How many UNT deputies have left already? Their ratio of salta-talanqueras is pretty high, isn’t it?
      Then there is Caldera, but his was above all greed.

      • They lost Ricardo Sanchez, who remains MCM’s substitute, along with other two substitute congresspeople, who I’m not sure were UNT members as well.
        There’s Petare’s almost damnation, William Ojeda.
        There’s Heliodoro Quintero, the one responsible for setting up Caldera.

        I am missing anyone else from UNT?

        PD: I put JC in the dumb/naive category, not the greedy one.

    • At first, this would mean the end (or near-end) of UNT as a national party. But stranger things have happened before. So, let’s wait and see…

      • Their main holdings being Maracaibo and Baruta. Now, if Blyde were to leave, they’d be pretty much back as a Zulia-centric party (the same road ProVe walked back to Carabobo), right?

  4. OT: A news reporter who covered the news of the two people killed yesterday in Los Ruices as Armed Colectivos attacked people in buildigs close to a guarimba or barricade ( claiming one national guardsmen and one colectivo member) informed that he managed to get inside information on the forensic report done last night ..

    Although Diosdado claimed that both had been shot by opposition sharpshooters shooting from the surrounding high rises the forensic report concludes that the National Guardsmen shot the armed Colectivo guy during an argument and that some time later another colectivo guy shot the national guardsman in a close by street in retailation , the bullet trayectory in both cases was a straight line ( not from upwards going downward) and that the NGB guardsman was shot from the back , close to the neck .!!

    People doing the forensic informed him of the report because ‘otherwise it will never get known. He is now the subject of death threats !!’ . Lets see what the Prosecutor Generals Office say about this event .!! Will they dare contradict Diosdado??.

    • Would you contradict Venezuela’s Frank Underwood?

      I know the reference may be lost on some readers here without access to the Netflix series, but I have to admit Mr. Lansberg-Rodriguez article is spot-freakin’-on.

      I know he reads/guest posts sometimes. Damn fine job there. This deserves its own blog entry aqui.

    • A video of the deceased GN appeared on YouTube http://youtu.be/5PsTgGv_Hsc

      The situation kind of confirms that the shooter wasn’t from buildings, because no one in the scene was looking above, they were covering from someone else in the streets.

      Soo, Despicable Diosdado once again lied without restraint……

      • Diosdado is such a pathological liar that we should be surprised when he actually tells the truth. He’d lie about his brother being the head of Seniat if he could get away with it.

  5. Here in Europe we hear so little about Venezuela, thank you! Through my own blog hopefully I can spread a bit of information to people here. Would you say that crime is getting worse because of the economic problems? Or are there other causes?

    • It’s getting worse mostly because of impunity and even encouragement from the government that constantly nourish hate against anyone that has a car, or a house, or anything that makes them “oligarchs” even though many of those persons have worked hard for years to earn it.

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