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.