viernes, 10 de enero de 2014

Venezuelan Government urged to review security amid "uncontrollable" crime

One hundred and one bodies were taken to the main morgue in Caracas, Venezuela, in the first eight days of 2014, the Venezuelan daily El Universal reported on 9 January, observing that "unofficial" sources attributed 90 per cent of the deaths to crime and violence. The country's opposition urged the Government on 9 January to make a "profound review" of its security policies in the face of "unfetttered criminality" in the country. Venezuela was moved by the murder on 6 January of an actress and her husband in an apparent road ambush outside the capital, after which seven people were arrested. The opposition Table of Democratic Unity (MUD) stated that the case reflected "the uncontrolled criminality leaving dozens of families in mourning in this country every day," Europa Press reported. "Simple police and military operations" were not enough to curb crime, an opposition spokesman told the press, and "structural measures need to be urgently taken to prevent criminal offences, end impunity and facilitate rehabilitation" of criminals. Sociologists recently identified impunity and the failure of state bodies to perform their tasks as obstacles in fighting crime in Venezuela. "Impunity generates imitation" among young criminals, sociologist Fermín Mármol told Agence France-Presse, and "means many youngsters will join...criminal gangs as they see crime as profitable and not so risky." He estimated that 92 per cent of homicides were unresolved. Badly paid and unmotivated policemen, the circulation of millions of handguns, pervasive disrespect for the law and the socialist Government's inability to understand the sources of criminal behaviour were cited as factors aiding rampant crime in Venezuela, the 2001 newspaper reported on 10 January, citing experts' comments to AFP.

Over 20 killed around Mexico, gangsters' heads left in Veracruz

No less than 22 were killed in recent criminal incidents around Mexico, including a family of six, three suspected gangsters whose heads were found in the port of Veracruz, and seven whose "dismembered" bodies were found in a house in the north-central state of Zacatecas. The family was found early on 8 January in a hut in the indigenous village of Xoxocotla south of Cuernavaca in south-central Mexico; two of the dead were children aged one and three, La Crónica de Hoy reported on 9 January. The daily cited unspecified witnesses as saying that five gunmen had shot the family. Milenio newspaper reported the discovery on 8 January of "the dismembered remains of at least seven persons" in a safe house in Fresnillo, Zacatecas. Soldiers detained there three suspects and freed a man and a 13-year-old imprisoned in the building for a month, authorities said. In Mexico City, gunmen on a motorbike shot dead two people sitting in a parked car in the city's northern Gustavo A. Madero sector on 8 or 9 January, while a policeman was shot dead in the district of Naucalpán outside the capital, when he resisted an assault or theft in an eatery, Milenio reported. Three heads thought to belong to gangsters were found on a car in the eastern port of Veracruz on the night of 8-9 January, papers reported, citing Agence France-Presse. The three were identified as members of the Zetas cartel, while a note found nearby "attributed" the killing to the Jalisco Nueva Generación cartel, Milenio reported. In the western port of Acapulco, three prisoners were beaten to death as they arrived in a city prison, after being transferred there from a prison in Iguala in Guerrero, the state including both districts. The three were moved from Iguala following a gun attack there that killed nine or ten in early January, Proceso reported on 6 January.