Since the beginning of the Chavista regime in Venezuela a surge in crime took over the nation, impunity, violent language of the president,
corruption, gun laws that prevent lawful citizens obtain weapons but won’t prevent criminals from obtaining any military grade weapon, dismantling
of police forces for fear of having armed groups challenging the regime, all have been attributed as a contribution to this phenomenon.
The truth is whatever the reason is, Venezuela went from having some of the worst jails in the continent to sanctuaries from where criminals control
Hierarchical gang leaders known as “Pranes,” are at the top of the prison heap. They often have an easier time conducting their illicit
activities behind prison walls than they did outside of them. They do not just traffic drugs and arms and organize kidnappings from behind bars, they
also dictate what prison guards do, and in some cases have influence up to the judicial level, deciding which prisoners will be set free or not.
Pranes have weekend visitation rights, the free use of cell phones and internet to conduct their business. They also regularly get to leave the prison
to exercise, show their face about town and saunter back in when they please. There are usually between one and three Pranes per prison, those that
execute their orders are known as “Luceros.” The rest of the prisoners shut up and do their jobs, often paying Luceros up to 1,000 Bolivares
(between 100 and 230 USD) just to stay alive. Many don’t succeed however
This was the farewell to one of such pranes after he died early this year, this was recorded by inmates in the roof of the penitentiary
In the end delinquents that were used as an outside of the law armed force by the regime began to control the entire country to a point it was out of
control for the regime. After 10 or so plans to cull the violence, President Maduro instated the people’s liberation operations (operación de
liberación del pueblo or OLP) last year, in OLP special forces enter an area and “attempt” to capture the targets that cause the most crime in
the zone, the group is mostly composed by federal police and military forces and sadly most of the criminals die in confrontations with the OLP, in
the link bellow you can see what exactly means confrontation with the OLP…
If you are unable to see the video, in it an unarmed civilian is escorted to a hallway that already has a corpse present, after a few seconds a police
officer unsheathe his gun while two other officers grab the young individual by his arms and the officer proceeds to execute the civilian.
Venezuela ceased to present official statistics of the results of these operations, but estimates are that 750 “criminals” have died in
“confrontation” with the authority since them began.
Since the beginning the OLP were highly irregular, the first big success was the murder (in confrontation) of one of the worst kidnappers in
Venezuela, except that instead of giving the corpse for proper burial to the family, the government mysteriously prevented access to the morgue and
cremated the body; a remarkably similar official began to work in the Venezuelan embassy of Madrid the same month…
Past week 12 bodies found in a common grave of people detained in a OLP in October sparked new outrage over the state of human rights in the country.
The bodies were found in advance decomposition state past Friday, the families of the victims claim they were farmers.
Due to the fallout 11 low rank soldiers has been detained, but Maduro still defend the necessity of the operation that have not had an impact in
crime, and defense minister still claim the dead are criminals and the OLP are just claiming back territories from violent groups.
Locals claim OLP are just extermination groups that raze entire populations, there has not been a decrease in homicide or kidnaps since the operation
began, even if all of the 750 killed are criminals they deserve due process according to the laws of the country that don’t even allow death
penalty; what kind of lawful operation place deceased in clandestine unmarked common graves.
Are they all criminals, or you become a criminal once you are killed by the government?
In the mean time pranes still control crime from their fortress known as jail to the rest of the world, and no special operation acts against them
Some of the prison stuff reminds me of certain prisons in Mexico where the crime syndicate and the prison crime boss really does run the show.
The other point I might make is any government that works on the principle of a government for the government, by the government always seems to
finally break down to this crap. Absolute power corrupts absolutely whether it is an individual or a governmental cabal without the people's voice or
restrictions to hold them back..
Never knew it was THIS bad in Venezuela. I knew it was bad but...
Actually what usually happens is I read a short story about what's going on out there ad then I forget all about it 20/30 mins later. I wonder if
that's what most people do? Or am I just ignoring the facts? I dunno ... I just forget and get on with my life!
I don't know if that's strange attitude or not... am I alone? Who else in the World just gets on with their own life whilst this stuff is going on?
But anyway I'm in England, nothing I can do about it.
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That's horrible of the government I can't believe there haven't been any well known human rights group have brought this to attention. It sounds like
what's going on in the Philippines and the drug users getting killed by extermination squads
This is the same type of tactic used by the communist regime in Cuba. Criminals are released to work for the government by keeping taps on law
abiding citizens by snitching on citizens if they show any type of non-compliance with "socialist/communist ideology".
It is a known fact that the castros have used criminals, and criminal activity to get more money, and more control over regular people in Cuba.
But in this case the Venezuelan government seems to have even gone a step further than Cuba did. Because in Cuba one of the first thing the communist
government did was "gun control". The government knew who had weapons, and they went house by house and took people's firearms. But in Venezuela it
seems they allowed criminals their firearms, meanwhile taking the firearms from law abiding citizens.
There is another difference between Venezuela and Cuba. That is that the Cuban regime was able from the start to control news sources completely.
In Venezuela Chavez did the same but Chavez was not able to control information as much as Cuba has done because in Venezuela before Chavez more
Venezuelans had access to the internet and social media, and to this day there are more citizens in Venezuela with more access to the internet and
social media than in Cuba.
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