Venenozuela update: Police stealing from everyone

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Those of us who fled from Castrogonia know all about this kind of behavior, but most of the civilized world is surprised by it.

Police in the Castro colony of Venenozuela are now brazenly “confiscating” property from everyone, willy-nilly, even from American journalists.

Aaaah, the beauty of “confiscation”…. such a nice word…. so much nicer than “theft.”

Yes, so much nicer…..just like “redistribution” or “social justice”… or “revolution”….

Yes, “revolutions” are so romantic.

But let the revolutionaries and their police get enough power and they will strip you bare.

 

Ben Kew gives us some of the nasty details at Breitbart:

Waiting to check in for my flight at Caracas airport on Wednesday, security services stopped me, demanding a full search of my belongings.
Scowling, underweight policemen speaking barely intelligible Spanish took me into a private room at the back of the airport. “¿Q’Hace Acá?” they asked, slurring together the words for “What are you doing here?”

They rummaged through my luggage as I claimed to be a curious Spanish student interested in the country’s situation.

“¿Q’sesto?” – “What is that?” they asked, pulling out my camera.

They demanded to see my photos. Many were images highlighting the extreme poverty across Caracas – piles of garbage lining the city, graffiti exclaiming “I’m hungry,” defaced images of dictator Nicolás Maduro.

The officials confiscated my camera, claiming they needed to examine it and the process could take up to two hours, despite my flight leaving within an hour. I would never see the camera again.

Initially, it was easy to dismiss the confiscation as a precaution against rogue journalists exposing the true devastation socialism has wrought in Venezuela. But look at recent reports in Venezuela suggests these “confiscations” – outright thefts of valuables by officers of the law – are not uncommon. And while I can afford another camera, the Venezuelan civilians most often experiencing this crime are struggling to survive amidst the country’s political and economic crisis.

The truth is that the soldiers are struggling to survive, too, resorting to stealing from anyone they apprehend who happens to carry a valuable. Lower-ranking soldiers, Venezuelans told me, earn the minimum wage, $43 a month, while forced to use their authority to silence political dissidents. Thefts have become so common that, this week, the country’s defense minister Vladimir Padrino López warned armed forces against excessive force, saying he did not want to see “one more national guardsman committing an atrocity on the street.”

Opposition Assembly Member José Manuel Olivares accused the police and the national guard of stealing at least ten items, including from a young boy selling bottles of waters on the street, while another man contended police hit him and took off his shoes.

“Soldiers stealing and assaulting civilians that they should be protecting,” Olivares tweeted on Monday. “Don’t be the shame of the armed forces by following orders from superiors!”

“You can’t even describe what is happening outside La Carlota. There are reports of the military stealing motorcycles, cameras, mobile phones and even shoes,” tweeted journalist Daniel Blanco.

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1 thought on “Venenozuela update: Police stealing from everyone”

  1. In any society, there are lots of people who, given the ability to act with impunity, will become seriously, uh, toxic to others. Their numbers are much higher than anyone suspects under normal circumstances, because under normal circumstances they cannot be themselves and have to act like “regular” people. This is what happened in Cuba, when all of a sudden there was a massive outpouring and onslaught of hijeputez–which was always there, latent, but came out of its closet with a vengeance when it was both permitted and encouraged to do so. The same thing is true everywhere, including the US; it’s simply a matter of what the situation will allow.

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