Venezuela on Track to Set New South American Murder Record

By Dialogo
December 29, 2011

Venezuela is on track to set a new record for murders and to remain South America’s most violent country, according to data released by a crime watchdog.

The Venezuela Violence Monitor (OVV) said that 19,336 people had been murdered in 2011, an average of 53 per day in a country of 29 million.

“We must inform the nation that 2011 will end as the most violent year in the nation’s history,” the group said in a press release.

The group’s figures indicate that the rate of homicides climbed to 67 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2011, constituting an “epidemic” of violence.

Violent crime is a leading concern, both for Venezuelans fearful for their personal safety and for left-wing President Hugo Chavez’s government, which provides only limited violent crime figures.

In February, the interior minister admitted that the homicide rate had climbed to 48 murders per 100,000 inhabitants in 2010 but did not give a precise count, saying only that there were around 14,000 killings that year.

That murder rate surpassed those of neighboring Colombia, which was 32 per 100,000 inhabitants last year, and Mexico, which was 14 per 100,000 inhabitants.

An absolute lie, Venezuela is a suckling baby compared to Colombia, Brazil, Mexico. that shell of an organization OVV is made up of people who in 40 years looted Venezuela and who want to continue on with their exclusive policy.