The US murder rate is about 4.5 per 100,000. Venezuela's is over 67 per 100,000. From Fox News:
In 2011 there were 18,850 murders, up from 4,550 in 1998, along with 16,000 kidnappings, up from a few hundred in 1998. Only eight out of every 100 murders committed in the country of 28 million end in an arrest.
"Venezuela has become a criminalized state," said Vanessa Neumann, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, according to USA Today. "You have drug traffickers and Colombian guerrillas operating in the country, and government officials have become involved with them. That makes it difficult to combat crime."
While Chavez has blamed the uptick in violence on capitalism and American culture, some argue that it is actually the socialist leader?s own rhetoric has made things worse. . . . .
Labels: Chavez, Crime, Venezuela