sábado, 26 de diciembre de 2015

"Christmas murders" almost halved in Colombia, police say

Police in Colombia noticed a 48 per cent fall in homicides committed nationwide through Christmas Eve, or 31 fewer violent deaths compared to the same evening in 2014, Radio Santa Fe reported. The broadcaster cited authorities as attributing 42 per cent of such killings to "intolerance," which covers a range of situations including drunken brawls. The government imposed a ban on carrying firearms on 23 December, which the Defence Ministry stated would remain in force until the new year. This was credited for at least a degree of increased security, and allowed policemen present in shopping centers and public places to confiscate 51 firearms. In the north-central city of Medellín and its environs, police reported that nobody was killed on Christmas Eve, though the number of brawls doubled from 76 reported that evening in 2014 to 153 this year. These too were attributed to causes including drunkenness and family disputes, the broadcaster Caracol reported on 25 December. Nationwide, police detained 244 people for different offences and 698 people were confined in police stations or state premises as precautionary measures "before high levels of excitement," Radio Santa Fe reported.