We’re keeping track of lynchings and lootings in the country, as we’ve done for the past three months. Since we last updated the map in April, the country has seen a sharp spike in social conflict. Food riots and lootings have gone from sparse occurrences to widespread unrest all across the country. The creation of the Local Committees of Supply and Production (CLAPs), charged with packing price-regulated food products and dividing among citizens, has deepened the general dissatisfaction and worsened the supply problem. as people consider them inefficient and discriminatory.

More often than not, protests demanding the government for a solution to the severe shortage of food have not only made increasingly violent crowds clash against an ever more repressive official response, but have also ended in disaster with dozens of people wounded, arrested or killed, shops and businesses vandalized and looted, and general chaos resulting in military intervention.

Cases like Cumaná, with a balance of 150 people arrested and five deaths; Aroa, with 27 people arrested and humiliated by the authorities; El Tigre, counting 14 arrests and most recently, Maturín, where the count was nine people arrested and at least three wounded, are evidence of the growing seriousness of the situation. While some of these people have been released already, many are still held by the authorities, with no regard for due process or respect for their Human Rights.

Meanwhile, lynchings have substantially dropped since May, but there’s been at least ten cases reported by outlets during that time, most of them involving mobs and one of them nearly ending with the victim’s incineration.

A reminder: this map isn’t meant to be exhaustive, since we only include events that have been verified and reported by media outlets. We have not included protests or demonstrations. The news report that accompanies each incident is linked to the georeferenced spot on the map.

11 COMMENTS

    • Or not making it to the news? You have to wonder what percentage of actual events was reported and then made it to the map.

    • My dad lives in San Fernando and tells me there’s important scarcity but some products, like meat, are cheaper, because there is still some cattle farming in Apure. But everything is controlled by police and military, specially GNB. And the Cubans, he told me, who are the guys who sell dollars there.

  1. For someone who has time and access to a lot of information… The map that I would very much like to see is one which indicates all the Venezuelan territory which is not under Venezuelan sovereign control. This would include, the “zonas de paz”, the territories near the border controlled by various paramilitaries, the illegal mining zones, etc. If the police, the GNB, and FANB cannot go there, or have to ask permission to enter, than this is no longer sovereign territory. I would like to know exactly how much of the map has been ceded by this regime to local warlords.

    • Where my inlaws live (not far from colombian border), it’s more controlled by guerrilla than any other authority. When someone is running amok or causing problems, they sometimes go to the guerrilla to handle it instead of the local authorities. I guess they get at least those services for having to pay annual “tax” to the guerrilla.

    • Would anyone care to guess what percentage of Venezuelan territory would be included in the “gray zones”? It’s not a rhetorical question. I really don’t have a good guess. If I HAD to guess, I am thinking more than 10%, but I really don’t know. Perhaps the more important question would be percentage of Venezuelans live in these “gray zones”.

  2. Looking at the map, we can see that most events happen when population is higher, specially lynching. But also that the worst looting events have happened in very poor and isolated cities, far from Caracas, both of them capitols of the poorest states, Cumaná and Tucupita.

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