Last December I went to Venezuela and stayed in Caracas for two days. Later in Merida I found a cozy internet cafe where I did some casual research on the country I was visiting, especially the barrios of Caracas. (You can read some of the information I found out here.) Today the Post wrote about crime in Venezuela:
It’s that sort of cycle that gives Venezuela a solid claim to the dubious title of the world’s capital of violent crime. According to U.N. figures, the rates of gun-related violence are higher here than anywhere else on earth. The rank stench coming from the police office — a building that doubles as a morgue — is a rotten byproduct of a homicide rate that in recent years has eclipsed that of Colombia, a country torn by 40 years of civil strife between armed militias. Bullets fly so often in Caracas that even the white truck that ferries dead bodies from the barrios to the forensics building has a bullet hole in its driver’s-side door.
“I survived Caracas and all I got was…”
In other Venezuelan news, there is a documentary on the coup of Hugo Chavez in 2002 called The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. The film gives us an inside look at how the revolution took place and the major players involved.
The coup was led by corporate interests, starting with the private media, who broadcasted nonstop vitriol against Chavez, including lies which set the stage for the coup to occur. In the movie you see the media airing messages like “state of complete normality” when the situation was anything but, depriving Venezuelans of factual information. The film is now on Google Video. You can’t help but get a sour taste in your mouth when it reviews possible United States involvement in the coup.