I try not
to translate Petkoff’s Editorials two days in a row, but today’s is about a
topic that I have brought up in my blog and it continues to horrify me. Sometimes,
I am surprised that posts like this one, receive few comments. This is the
reality of the poor in Venezuela
today. This is the reality of the law in Venezuela today. While we can argue
about theoretical concepts day in and day out, it is the higher responsibility of
a Government to stop things like these from happening. But little or nothing is
being done about it, to the point that you have to wonder whether it is a State
policy. In fact, in an earlier article I showed how this
has increased since Chávez got to power. Why?
thousand executed, by Teodoro Petkoff in Tal Cual
thousand one hundred and twenty seven Venezuelans have been executed in “strange
circumstances”, in the well known confrontations, in the hands of the police
corps in the last five years. The information comes from an official source:
The Directorship of fundamental rights of the Public Ministry, a position in
charge of Alis Boscan, who gave out the numbers in a press release.
saved in that report. State polices lead in this ranking of violations of life,
followed by the CICPC (like FBI), municipal polices, National Guard,
Intelligence police and even, institutions not identified. By location, the
metropolitan area, leads with 1,466 cases under investigation. The period
covered by the official communiqué goes from January 2000 to July 31 2005. Days,
weeks, months and years of the “process”, when the best Constitution of the
world which guarantees “the irrevocable, indivisible, interdependent enjoyment and
exercise of human rights”
The Prosecutor’s office determined that six thousand cops were
involved in the five thousand plus cases denounced. Of that total 1,315 were charged,
517 accused and only 88 sentenced. A disproportionate balance in relation to the
number of victims and the number of cops linked to them. It is not in the official
statistics the recent case of Barrio Kenned, where more than twenty police officers
are being singled out for the death in cold blood of the young students from Santa Maria University.
These data is horrifying and shivering.
In a reasonable serious country this revelation by the Prosecutor’s office
would produce a political crisis, removal of authorities (Ministers and
Directors of Police Forces) and an intervention by public powers that like the National
Assembly should not be subject to the demands of the Miraflores Palace.
For example, instead of having an extraordinary session to listen
to Reverend Jackson, they should declare themselves in a permanent emergency
session to request, demand World be the correct word, the appearance of those responsible
so that they explain to the country and to the Deputies, what are they doing
for the security of the “sovereign people”
Instead, they prepared that show of anti imperialistic trial,
to judge and sentence , on the same day, with apparent efficiency, an
inexistent prisoner like George W. Bush.
They govern with their back towards reality, against common sense, manipulating
Of those six thousand plus victims, it is almost guaranteed
that they are largely from the “people”, from the populous barrios that are in fact.
being denied justice.
Only 88 cops have been sentenced of more than six thousand charged.
They have nobody
to blame in this case.
five years perfectly documented that give a balance of what the security
policies of the process have been. Jesse Chacon, who wore a bullet proof vest to
patrol, should realize the scandalous failure of his plans. The report of the Prosecutors
office, on the contrary, appears to point out that the biggest cause of
insecurity is generated within the police forces, of all types and in all of the
states of the country.
yes, and lots of death! (A play on the revolutionary slogan: Patria o muerte!, Homeland or death!)