What’s happening: The capital of Chávez country, Caracas has become far more dangerous in recent years than any South American city, even beating out the once notorious Bogotá. What’s worse, the city’s official homicide statistics likely fall short of the mark because they omit prison-related murders as well as deaths that the state never gets around to properly “categorizing.” The numbers also don’t count those who died while “resisting arrest,” suggesting that Caracas’s cops—already known for their brutality against student protesters—might be cooking the books. Many have pointed the finger at El Presidente, whose government has failed to tackle the country’s rising rates of violent crime. In fact, since Chávez took over in 1998, Venezuela’s official homicide rate has climbed 67 percent—mostly due to increased drug and gang violence. Ramón Rodríguez Chacín, who recently resigned as interior minister, claimed in July that homicide has dropped 27 percent since January—but experts say he’s just playing with numbers. As for Caracas, some speculate that its murder rate is closer to 160 per 100,000.
A point that I'd like to reiterate which was only mentioned in passing in the article is the fact that Chavez encourages robbery and other types of crime as a means of rectifying "injustices" with regards to income disparities between rich and poor. The failure of his administration to staunch the rising tide of kidnappings, robberies and murders, or to even uphold the rule of law is felt by many, especially in Caracas, where being robbed at gunpoint while you're sitting in traffic or having had a friend or family member who has been kidnapped all too commonplace. Not only has crime in Venezuela increased dramatically under his auspices, but even now, 9 years in and at the height of record oil profits, he has yet to fulfill his promises of increasing living standards for his nation's most needy. These statistics, to say nothing of the deteriorating quality of life of many Venezuelans, only add to his record of incompetance and empty populist rhetoric.
Zitat von MoskitoÜbrigens, eine der sichersten Hauptstädte der Welt soll HAVANNA sein...
Und wie lange noch. Es gab eine Zeit, Wo man um 3Uhr besoffen herumlaufen könnte. Das schlimste war, dass ein paar Afrokubaner deine Klamoten, für ihre eigen Bedarf, sich von dor ausleihen würden.
Und "ein paar" setzen dann auf Dauer eine ganze Stadt in einen schlechten Ruf. Das Schlimmste, die Prozentzahl der "unsicheren Stadt" wäre im Vergleich zu anderen Städten total niedrig. Das kennt ja auch jeder Cubaurlauber zum Glück (einhunderttausend Beiträge).