Mob Justice, in graphics.

An interactive and geo-referenced guide to the disturbing trend of lynchings in Venezuela since August, 2015.


Lynchings are not new in Venezuela, but they’re increasingly commonplace and receive much more coverage now thanks to social media. There were at least 25 reports of lynchings in different parts of the country during the first half of 2015.

The trend shows an evident rise from August to December 2015, as seen in the map above. Incidents reported in 2015 are dark red, while those that took place in 2016 are displayed in blue.

This year promises to be far worse, with more than twenty cases reported in the first four months of 2016. According to figures presented by the Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Díaz, there have been 20 fatalities and 17 wounded in about 24 cases this year. The most deeply affected states are Miranda (with the Metropolitan Area of Caracas at the forefront) and Zulia.

Here’s a map of cases reported between August 2015 and April 2016. We will update the map as new cases arise.

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    • The difference is merely the year: red corresponds to cases in 2015, while blue corresponds to cases in 2016. As I keep increasing the data, I may add other criteria to make the information easier to sort.

  1. How weird that the times where they got away were almost always proved criminals “rescued just in time by the police”, while the ones that end up dead are almost all people who had no prontuary. the government proves with this that they protect more the criminals rather than citizens.

    Que raro que las veces en que se salvan casi siempre son criminales comprobados “rescatados justo a tiempo por la policía”, mientras que los que terminan muertos son casi todos gente que no tenía prontuario. El gobierno demuestra con esto que protege a los criminales más que a la gente.

    • Hmmm, I think one of the major characteristics of lynchings is speculation. The police didn’t always “rescue” the criminals and the people didn’t necessarily knew that a crime had been committed, if at all. The way I see it, it’s more like the government doesn’t care about this, than the authorities having any major inclination towards defending criminals.

      • Yes, that’s the thing about lynchings, the worst thing about them actually, that people who didn’t have commited a crime might get offed.

        What I hate the most about the problem is what I said in my previous post, that criminals get saved and innocents get killed very often (according at least with the descriptions in the map) and that infuriates me because the government’s complete disregard for trying to protect people from criminals shows here, having people with prontuaries getting saved from lynchings more often that saving people who are innocent.

        It’s sort of a “loud voices secret” that chavismo protects criminals because it uses them as enforcers or their shock troops, look at colectivos, bolivarian circles, pranes and mega bands that terrorize people since the dawn of chavismo itself. I assure that because two reasons:

        One is that dictatorships always find some sort of disposable shock troops as first line of defense, right-wing regimes often create a formal structure for this purpose (nazi brown shirts for example), while left-wing regimes often turn to informal groups with no official affiliation because they can cover their tracks and avoid responsibility for it, and once their usefulness is lived, they’re easy to get rid of, just kill them and claim it was a “confrontation” or a “ajuste de cuentas (aka revenge)”

        The second reason for my claim is the absurd incrase of crime and murder rates that doesn’t correspond in any way to the population growth, with the gross impunity in major crimes such as murder and kidnapping.

        I could include a third reason, but that’s almost impossible to prove, rumor says that Fidel himself suggested Chávez to follow this method, to convert criminals into his enforcers to extert domination over population, and look at the results: People is deathly afraid of getting out of their home at night time like we were living in some sort of horror-fantasy world with werewolves, zombies and vampires roaming the darkness, only that malandros are the monsters in real life; also keeping the peoplke busy on their basic survival stops them from organizing to topple the regime.


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