"Lynching Epidemic" Breaks Out In Venezuela

Tyler Durden's picture

The public-safety infrastructure in Venezuela has been degraded to such a degree that citizens now take justice into their own hands. Agence France Presse reported that lynchings have risen sharply over the last year and a half as political and economic instability in the crumbling socialist republic has worsened. Witnesses who spoke to AFP said a 22-year-old man who was set on fire at an anti-government demonstration in May was actually lynched after being accused of stealing by the crowd - not because he was a government sympathizer, as President Nicolas Maduro had suggested at the time.

As AFP alleges, "it is not just the country's economy and political system that are sick, but society itself, experts say. An epidemic of lynchings is one of the most gruesome symptoms."

The OVCS says some 60 people were recorded as killed in lynchings in the first five months of this year alone. Last year there were 126 such killings -- a surge from the 20 reported in the previous year, coinciding with the worsening of political tensions and economic chaos.

"Their aim is to kill the person before the police arrive," says Marco Ponce, coordinator of the Venezuelan Social Conflict Observatory (OVCS).


"In lynchings, citizens let out their anger in the face of a state that is not defending their right to justice," says Ponce.


"They think they are dispensing justice, and they do so with anger, so they go as far as killing the person."

Residents blame the breakdown in social order that’s resulted from Venezuela’s worsening economic crisis. In the capital Caracas, the army and police are focused on brutally suppressing the street protests that have become a daily occurrence in recent months. Meanwhile, the dire financial straits of the country’s residents, who are struggling with inflation rates as high as 10,000%, have caused crime to skyrocket.

AFP journalists witness one incident on a street in Caracas where a mob attacked a man after passers-by caught him stealing.

Swearing in fury, the crowd strips the man naked and stomps on his head as he sprawls on the ground.

"You want things that come easy? Then take this, you bastard."

A witness says he stopped the man who had tried to rob a woman at gunpoint in a bakery. Then the mob took over.

"You're lucky we didn't burn you," a voice yells, as police lug the man, limp but still breathing, into the back of their car.


The crowd yells in satisfaction -- but not at the man's arrest. They think they are the ones who have done justice here.

One Caracas resident, Damaso Velasquez, described taking part in a lynching. He argued that the mob must dole out street justice because the police don’t do enough to hold criminals accountable.

"I didn't feel pity for that person because I knew he was a criminal," he tells AFP.


"I felt rage and hatred towards that person... I saw him committing a robbery. That makes you feel furious, so whatever happens to him, it's alright," he goes on.


"The government grabs him, puts him in jail and then they let him go again. There is disorder here in Caracas -- starting with the government."


“People feel that the state is not protecting them, so they opt to defend themselves," says Freddy Crespo, a criminologist at the University of the Andes.


"Their fear turns into anger."

Venezuela now has one of the highest annual murder rates in the world -- 70 for every 100,000 inhabitants in 2016. Yet only about six crimes out of every 100 here result in a sentence. Still, at least one Venezuelan felt the need to speak out against the brutality.

"The state is supposed to provide you with civil and judicial security, which we are totally lacking," says one Caracas resident, Maria Hernandez.

"But I don't think it is just for me to come and kill or burn you just because you have robbed," she adds.

"That way I would turn into someone more barbaric than you."

From 'socialist utopia' to Mad Max in a few short years... any thoughts now Bernie?

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swmnguy's picture

Correct.  Misuse of political terminology renders it meaningless, and makes it almost impossble for us to have serious discussions.  This is very much intentional.

All the coverage, and most of the responses, about what is happening in Venezuela leave out the massive role of the US State Department and spy agencies, which have been trying to regain control of Venezuela's government, wealth and resources for the past 18 years.  

Hugo Chavez was an actual Socialist.  He really pissed off the Oligarchs and the Global Banksters.  The disaster of Venezuela today didn't happen all by itself or all by Chavez's actions.  It took billions of CIA dollars to create the mess Venezuela is in now, but we probably consider the suffering of the Venzuelan people just another price we're willing to pay.

Being an Empire ain't easy.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Well said.  Again I am mystified why the Tylers, who otherwise understand the evils of the IMF, the CIA, the State Department, etc., instead can't help themselves from focusing in an article like this on Bernie.

just the tip's picture

makes one wonder what the fate of jean valjean would be in venezuela.

maybe just kill some flamingos instead.


OCnStiggs's picture


People who don't have much get very defensive to protect what little they do have. When the SHTF here, be ready for instant reprisals because the cops are going to be close to their homes, defending their stuff and family. For a few weeks, it will be the Wild West.

Get ready. Its coming.

Dancing Disraeli's picture

Stop, drop, and roll.

aloha_snakbar's picture

This is what would be happening here if we had gun control like Venezuela...

RenoCarlino's picture

Gun or no gun there's nothign stopping people from commiting violence if they want to. They can just get in their cars and ram someone with it. 

aloha_snakbar's picture

Agreed... but there is something about the gun part of the equation that seems to level the playing field, if only psychologically..because lets face it, the people we should be angry with live in the beltway, not next door or down the street...

RenoCarlino's picture

The only advantage gun ownership comes to play is in very few scenarios, like for one example if a burglar breaks into the house. Even if gun ownership is made legal what can you do about it? Are you allowed to bring a revolver with you to school or to the officer? Put a rifle on the table as you eat in a cafe?

Now don't get me wrong, I'm all for the right to bear arms but when it comes to public safety legalized gun ownership is just as useful as wearing a 'Don't Rape Me' wristband. Now...if governments are actually insane enough to allow civilians to carry guns in public that would be a different matter entirely...

are we there yet's picture

One big advantage is that the criminal is not sure a home is gun free before robbing it, or that any potential victim is not armed in some way. Criminals calculate risk versus reward. Gun is a risk to them.

Ms No's picture

True except with psychopaths.  Their behavior is not dictated by consequence or fear of consequence.  They do respond to gain.  Those are the ones that you really have to worry about because half the time they may not be breaking in for money, they may be breaking in for you or your family.  I can tell you that in Scottsdale and Phoenix literally almost every household has a gun.  We still get home invasions of the psycho variety but they almost always die.  The cops will come pick them up, pat you on the back and take the body bag out.  Our numbers must be reduced as a result of this.  Like you said the non-psychos seem to know where not to hit.  Otherwise we would probably be Chicago.

short screwed's picture

I can bring a gun to work if I want to. Where do you live?

lasvegaspersona's picture

Several open carry states, but polite folk nowadays usually go concealed (and put up with the fingerprinting etc...)

Ms No's picture

In AZ you don't have to have a permit to conceal.  Nobody should have to have a permit to carry concealed.  People should be pushing for this everywhere.  If you cant carry concealed and carry nearly everywhere you go, you have already been disarmed.  You can also carry anywhere except if it's posted.  People don't put their gun in the trunk because it's posted, you just carry more quietly.

sessinpo's picture

You may be for it, but you hardly understand it which is why you cherry picked scenarios such as a school. We don't get you wrong. You do that well to yourself.

Dilluminati's picture

I heard the arguments on Cspan.  You're innocent.. you just witnessed a mob light another individaul on fire, they grab your spouse, and of course there is no cop around.. that is why open carry keeps people so damn polite.  I was listening to CSPAN and the argument that Arlington responded in two minutes, if I had taken a rifle, a non-assualt rife, the dead would have been much higher.. and that is sort of odd because I initially thought that the players were carrying.  I had no idea that the leadership had a detail, I thought the capital police participated also in the activity or even from inital reports that it was members.

Now this was back in the 70's but Senator Fred Malkus democrat Cambridge MD carried, I know he did factually because we knew him personally and his office had air-conditioning before the public library did and he made his office available to hang out and read, parents dropped kids off, and the food store A&P was sort of across the street.. and that guy carried!  Sure as fuck did.. his car had special plates.. and you can bet your last fucking dollar he had a gun, he'd bring it in and put it on his desk.


So the real question is: when did they stop carrying guns?

I'm much more Johnny Cash and leave my guns at home, don't take my guns to town.. however at a football field length 100 yards can consistently hit a target within a 3" circle, I'd bet 10 dollars to $1000,00 bet 100:1 that I can make that shot.  And though 2 minutes seems good.. 2 minutes not long... with a skilled shooter and people trapped inside a fenced in enclosure?  

Group of MS13 with machettes?  

What I tell you is true and on the Eastern Shore a repsonse time of 10 to 15 minutes is probably more accurate for rural folks, and of course people hunt but aren't cunts, so we don't do assualt weaponse down there.. just isn't cool..

But you should rest assured that the arguments of the myoptic on conceal carry aren't cosmopolitan enough and are metropolitan isntead.

I was in Gettysburg a couple weeks back and a shop owner was carrying, 30 something, putting out water for dogs (Gettysburg is pet friendly) one of the few places where dogs are actually "welcomed" and if a heinous crime was occuring you stood a better chance of an intervention.  

But lets stop, simply stop pretending that guns commit crimes ok?  Serious up..

I have to wonder if the guy with the SKS and pistol intended to kill after the 1st shot?  I'm wondering that??  The SKS is best as an at rest weapon, and really not an accurate weapon.. it weighs 8.5 lbs, as a comparison an actual quality gun comes in at 5.5  sks -vs- 77/357 again sks Muzzle velocity - 2411 fps @ 122 gr and 77/357 2,121.  I get 2,200 with reloads.


What you do not want to do is assume the argument that two minutes is an appropriate amount of time to be shot at.  I pay dues to attend  a local range and "any" of the guys there in two minutes could f0ck up your day.. and thankfully most of them are educated gun owners and the good guys and that person who is qualifying, staying in practice, and going to confront the bad guy for your ridiculous naive ass.

As best I can tell there was an idiot with iron sights that needed to be BENT back into alighnment or the guy wasn't f0cking trying.  But either way I'm glad he got his dirt nap and that the capital police prevailed.  But somebody starts some absurd shit in Gettysburg??  Stabbing and screaming allah, dousing someone with gas and setting them on fire, machette attack.. all this shit on one street anyway has a better chance of being dealt with because people do carry.

Conceal Carry is for honest people, people who don't want to "hope" but instead protect their life, take care of it.. it might be the only one you got.  I'll give you 100:1 odds I can hit a 3" target within a 100'.  wanna Bet?

HalinCA's picture


Back in the late 1800's, the revolver made its debut. There was a poem that was written about the Colt "Equalizer"

Be not afraid of any man

No matter what his size

If danger threatens, call on me

And I will equalize.

Dilluminati's picture

I'm a revolver guy, fuck those double tap pussies

Mr. 357 moar.. MOAR than equalize.

I do the store loads so a prosecutor would get the answer, "the same ammunition that the bailif probably bought" due to a home invasion and a zealot prosecutor however I also bought some 200 grain TMJ for loading for SHTF loads and can get them down a 77/357 also..  but Mr 357.. more than equal

More than equal.. 

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

"but there is something about the gun part of the equation..."

Yes.  They dont call it the "equalizer" for nothing.

serotonindumptruck's picture

One can usually get their point across with a gun a little quicker than with a car.

Other than that, I agree.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

Hunger turns people into baseless animals.

mc225's picture

--Hunger turns people into baseless animals--


or even 'base animals', or maybe 'based animals'.... anyway, i hear ya man... strange world....

land_of_the_few's picture

Agence France Presse, for Pity's sake. May have just as well hired Goebbels to write an honest and politically unbiased piece, without regard for Empire.

adr's picture

I'd hope that maybe we'll get to roast Maxine. The Texans know how to BBQ cow. 

VWAndy's picture

 Turns out justice does not only get doled not by guys with badges. Sometimes it happens instantly.

Ignorance is bliss's picture

Venezuela depended on high oil revenues. As the big money came in the locals imported higher quality and cheaper goods, putting pressure on local producers. As oil drifted downward the locals brought the socialists to power to get more of the pie. Now they are living the nightmare of their own creation and there is no waking up. What's scary is that the U.S. has chosen imported from China and Mexico, pretty much destroying local producers. Should our energy system bust we'll see a similar results.

MoreFreedom's picture

"Venezuela depended on high oil revenues"

Venezuela's monopoly oil company, despite having the world's largest oil reserves, can't even make a profit.   That's what happens in socialist countries.  People can't keep the fruits of their labor, so they don't labor and have no fruits. 

Eventually Maduro won't be able to feed the military, and the generals know they won't have the loyalty of their soldiers and their starving families, and will overthrow Maduro.  No need for the US to get involved other than to point out the failings of socialism (except of course the socialists in the US will pretend like Venezuela doesn't exist, or if they do, they'll either claim things are fine or make up excuses about free markets there making people starve). 



giorgioorwell's picture

Venezuela was never a "Socialist Utopia", retards....No more than Argentina or Chile is a "Capitalist Utopia"  

FoggyWorld's picture

They are also learning how to do smart things.   The media is totally censored so now young women get on buses free and stand in the front and read the actual news and for the first time in years, the people are hearing truth.

gilhgvc's picture

well...something must be wrong...I am having trouble seeing the problem here...catch him stealing...eliminate the problem..pretty simple

Fundies's picture

Stop,Drop and Roll.

HRH Feant2's picture

I was thinking the same thing watching that video. I guess they don't teach kids that fundamental lesson in Venezuela.

Zepper's picture

People have to justify their actions somehow. It basically boils down to... we are fucking disgusting pieces of shit and deep down inside we like hurting people... and that is the nature of man... it just happens to come out more often when they are hungry, tired, frustrated etc. 


And its usually the helpless that end up paying the price, not the real robbers and murderers etc. It is easy to say that guy was stealing when there is no trial and the guy is charcoal at your feet. 


I hope the people feel better after they roast a few dozen of their own people... maybe they should just go all cannibal and decrease the population that way? If you think this is bad... wait... for when the fucking Chinese start having problems feeding their fucking incredible 1.4 billion mouths. That number is fucking insane! No wonder they are farming the world for food. 

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

"we are fucking disgusting pieces of shit and deep down inside we like hurting people... and that is the nature of man."

Speak for yourself, psycho.  Most people are repulsed by this type of barbaric behavior...at least those with a soul are.  

Zepper's picture

First of all I am a gentleman in all respects. Second... this world is full of examples of what I just said. Venezuela is just one of the many examples going on in the world today. Lets see, how many people would be burned alive, eaten, beaten, if the lights went off in NYC for a acouple weeks and there was limited food and fresh water... Humans are like very other animal, as long as things are good they live in relative peace when things go bad... well then watch the fuck out! Literally man eat man world. 

VWAndy's picture

 Way back when in Iceland they showed up with road flares. The government got that message right quick.

FoggyWorld's picture

Maduro was a bus driver and doesn't seem to have the smarts to just get out.   He has been offered safe passage out and just ignores it so his end will be unreal.

Colonel's picture

LefTARDism promotes those who follow the script NOT those most qualified, remember its a cult.





HRH Feant2's picture

Democracy in action. Also known as mob rule. This is why the US is a republic.

decentralisedscrutinizer's picture


Why waste time on this alligator when the swamp’s most critical economic and political problems revolve around the hegemony of a global corporate cartel, which is headquartered in the US because this is where their dominant military force resides. The US Constitution is therefore the “kingpin” of an all-inclusive global financial empire. These fictitious entities now own the USA and command its military infrastructure by virtue of the Federal Reserve Corporation, regulatory capture, MSM propaganda, and congressional lobbying.


The Founders had to fight a bloody Revolutionary War to win our right to incorporate as a nation – the USA. But then, for whatever reason, our Founders granted the greediest businessmen among them unrestricted corporate charters with enough potential capital & power to compete with the individual states, smaller sovereign nations, and eventually to buy out the USA itself. The only way The People can regain our sovereignty as a constitutional republic now is to severely curtail the privileges of any corporation doing business here. To remain sovereign we have to stop granting corporate charters to just any “suit” that comes along without fulfilling a defined social value in return. The "Divine Right Of Kings” should not apply to fictitious entities just because they are “Too Big To Fail”. We can't afford to privatize our Treasury to transnational banks anymore. Government must be held responsible only to the electorate, not fictitious entities; and banks must be held responsible to the government if we are ever to restore sanity, much less prosperity, to the world.


It was a loophole in our Constitution that allowed corporate charters to be so easily obtained that a swamp of corruption inevitably flooded our entire economic system. It is a swamp that can't be drained at this point because the Constitution doesn’t provide a drain. This 28th amendment is intended to install that drain so Congress can pull the plug ASAP. As a matter of political practicality we must rely on the Article 5 option to do this, for which the electorate will need overwhelming consensus beforehand. Seriously; an Article 5 Constitutional Convention is rapidly becoming our only sensible option.


This is what I think it will take to save the world; and nobody gets hurt:


28th Amendment:


Corporations are not persons in any sense of the word and shall be granted only those rights and privileges that Congress deems necessary for the well-being of the People. Congress shall provide legislation defining the terms and conditions of corporate charters according to their purpose; which shall include, but are not limited to:


1, prohibitions against any corporation; a, owning another corporation; b, becoming economically indispensable or monopolistic; or c, otherwise distorting the general economy;


2, prohibitions against any form of interference in the affairs of; a, government, b, education, c, news media; or d, healthcare, and


3, provisions for; a, the auditing of standardized, current, and transparent account books; b, the establishment of state and municipal banking; and c, civil and criminal penalties to be suffered by corporate executives for violation of the terms of a corporate charter.


WhyWait's picture

Truth is, any country that defies the banksters and oil barons ends up with some version of economic destruction, a victim of economic or actual warfare. ZHers hot for proof their theories about socialism are right are panting and hooting over stricken Venezuela, but at it's core,isn't this like what was done to Libya, Iraq and Nigeria? Isn't this essentially what they have planned for Russia and Iran?

What I'm watching for is what are Russia and China going to do now. They have to act, because losing Venezuela will be a heavy blow to their multipolar world project.

China and/or Russia could take over ownership of the oil companies. That seems in fact to be happening. Then perhaps the government of Venezuela could repudiate its dollar debt and restart using Renminbi or rubles as the national currency.

THAT would certainly set the whole US elite and their MSM to howling!

Charvo's picture

I would wait for a significant depopulation of Venezeula before investing in that country because socialism goes downhill fast with a lot of mouths to feed.  Venezeula turning on the oil spigots full speed wouldn't feed all its mouths.  It would take a massive die off.

FoggyWorld's picture

Russia is already there trying  to help them restart their oil business but it's just not enough.

deimos178's picture

Well, what did you expect? That's what happens when you stop and ask directions in Baltimore.

Sudden Debt's picture

well... as a kid we also used to play tag... we just didn't put the other kids one fire...

but there's more people playing the game then there where when we played it... so it must be more fun :)




FoggyWorld's picture

Maduro has been offered santuary either in Peru or Paraguay and he just refuses to leave.   The Mussolini ending is what he ultimately will get and he isn't paying his troops with anything other than meals and people are watching that army to see if they may soon change sides.