Saturday, September 26, 2009

Vigilantes

In the US if we see someone breaking in someone's house we call the police. It is simple as picking up the phone and dialing 9-1-1. 

In Honduras, we have the option of dialing 1-9-9 but frequently the police never come and this number does not work for all cell phones, just TIGO.  However, you can call this emergency line and you will never see the patrol show up.  Whether it is that they are not dispatched or preoccupied who knows...what I do know it is more frequent than not that they never arrive.  I called one night when a suspicious person was wandering around the neighborhood, no one ever showed.  A neighbor had their house broken into during the day, the police never showed. 

Then yesterday I read where a neighborhood was tired of having their houses violated by a ' ladron' and they hung him from a tree. Sounds like the old lynchings that occurred in the US except this isn't about race it is about crime.

Then today I wake up to read in the Herald that three more have been brought to vigilante justice by a neighborhood.  They were shot execution style.

Both of these instances of vigilantism occurred in Choloma a sector here close to San Pedro Sula that is known for high crime rates and the population has had enough and started to take things into their own hands.  Who can really blame them? What would anyone do?

What we need is a police force who has the adequate tools to protect the population so that this type of vigilante justice is not needed.  Until then no one can blame the neighbors for protecting each other.  In my neighborhood we are united as well and it keeps crime at a minimum.  I worry seriously for the resistence if they show up in our neighborhood today because the reaction will not be nice.  I can only hope that they are guided to find there way to a different area because the people here will protect each other and their property over all political agendas.

What can be done?

Well first world assistance in CIS would be good, DNA capabilities would be nice as well...ballistic technology that works, and a justice system that prevails most of the time would be really nice....our prisons are full of innocent people and on the outside we are full of criminals and gang members.  If the first world wants to help the third world advance into the first world they can start here.

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