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Is Venezuela Safer Now?

We just published on Cinco8 the outcome of a research work that took months of reaching out to sources, polling and interviewing. Is Venezuela safer now? What’s behind a possible decrease in crime?

The myth of police violence behind “Venezuela se arregló”

We just published on Cinco8 the outcome of a research work that took months of debating, reaching out to sources, people refusing to talk, etc. But we are proud of what we found: testimonials admitting things we haven’t seen, for instance from security officers involved in killings that (off the record) explained why they kill. We did our best about a problem we can’t solve: the lack of official figures about crime in Venezuela. We crossed past and present. We compared reality and perceptions. We wondered what relation could exist between mega-gangs and the Chavista propaganda about them, and the basis for the prevailing view (not at all absolute, and far from unanimous) that violence is way lower in the country, thanks to the Maduro government. Go check in Cinco8 and spread the word:

A new wave of repression?

Nelson Piñero with Delsa Solórzano

As the US State Department’s deadline to free political prisoners approaches, Sebin officials tried to enter a union workshop held in Yaracuy by the human rights organization Provea. The agents were looking for Marino Alvarado, legal coordinator of Provea. The government also issued a custodial sentence against the activist of Encuentro Ciudadano, Delsa Solórzano’s party, Nelson Piñero, allegedly for his tweets against the national government and the government of Carabobo. Diosdado Cabello also said that he will sue the satirical outlet Chigüire Bipolar for a satirical article about Diosdado and the match with Peru. Recently, an American was also detained in Venezuela a few days after the Barbados Agreement was signed.

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