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Insecurity collapses Venezuela

Violence marks the day of Venezuela, the second most homicides in the world, El Pais of Spain.

The winding curves that accompany the rise in the neighborhood of Monte Bello lead to a rickety white building that has little to do with the rest of the block middle-class residential area of ​​Caracas. Before him, a nondescript park. Hugs and comforts are repeated. Several people remain seated, undaunted, staring. Within the chaos of the city, an oasis of silence, broken only by cars that do not stop coming to the morgue in the capital of the second most violent country in the world.

A man in his 60s who gave his name not walk from side to side of the road arm of a girl on Monday near the morgue. "I hope my stepson," manages to stammer when actually meaning comes later: "I think he will bring his body, was killed this morning." It is the body of Jean Davila, a messenger 36 who have descerrajado a shot to steal the bike. In the municipality of Chacao, middle and upper class. At 8 in the morning, in broad daylight.

Insecurity has become the greatest scourge of Venezuela, the country with the most homicides in the world after Honduras, according to the latest report of the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence (OVV). In 2014 24.980 people were killed at a rate of 82 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. The increase has been significant since the beginning of this century. In 2002 Colombia leading the macabre table, with 70 deaths per 100,000 population. Venezuela was much lower, at 38.

The unrest is part of Venezuela's daily life. At night it is advisable to avoid walking two blocks. It is not a question of good and bad neighborhoods. Yamile Ramirez, 47, lists against a wall of the morgue recent claims that remembers gang fights, robberies cellular, too confusing, or simply someone who went through the wrong place at the wrong time and he crossed a bullet.

The unrest is part of Venezuela's daily life. At night it is advisable to avoid walking two blocks

"It has broken the social compact and institutions," said Roberto Briceno, director of the SVO. The increase has been gradual since the Caracazo in 1989 and has been deteriorating steadily since 1999, with the arrival of Chavez to power. "Then there were 4,550 homicides in the country are now five times more."

Alejandro Moreno, a renowned psychologist, theologian and Doctor of Social Sciences, the problem of insecurity lies in the structure of the state. "We must leave the thugs [criminals] who are in the government, that criminal structure that is no longer revolutionary. The problem is the beams, the columns of the system ... "he told his 81 years.

Violence has marked the headlines this week. The arrest of two nephews of President Nicolas Maduro, for alleged drug trafficking, murder of an opposition joined in a rally. In between, the attacks on critics of the government intensified, including a shooting at an event candidate Miguel Pizarro, the party Primero Justicia.

Nobody believes that Sunday's election change this spiral, but a turning point is expected. To Briceno, one risk is that with the widespread distress "privatized not only pass personal protection, which has already occurred, but also justice, which occurs with increasing lynching, contract killings and extrajudicial executions police. "

"Much of the popular sectors are subject to the power of criminals. In a neighborhood of 6,000 people may be 10, but have a capacity of immense harm, "argued Moreno. For him, violence is a tumor of the system. "The internal logic of radical revolutionaries matches that of the thugs. When there is an absolute end, the rest becomes relative. All that leads to that end, in this case the revolution is moral, even a crime. I do not think that the country is being ruled by a corrupt and complacent political team with crime. It is being ruled by a radically offender exercises political structure. "

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