CARACAS, Venezuela – Thousands of Venezuelans marched Sunday, January 26, against crime in one of the world’s most violence-plagued countries, in terms of kidnappings, killings and thefts.
President Nicolas Maduro, who rallied supporters to come together under the motto “For peace and for life,” said: “Today we are all together in our demand: enough violence already.
“Either we build peace in our society together, or there will not be any peace in our society,” Maduro said at the Caracas march, one of several nationwide.
In Maracaibo, opposition Mayor Eveling Trejo was among the thousands of marchers who protested, decked out in white as a symbol of reconciliation.
Venezuela has one of the world’s highest murder rates, with 79 murders per 100,000 inhabitants last year, according to the non-profit Venezuelan Violence Monitor.
The interior ministry, however, has a lower murder rate of 39 homicides per 100,000.
Experts say that the low success rate in prosecuting violent crimes is a main case of the crisis. About 92 percent of murders go unsolved. – Rappler.com