[Marxism] Mass wave of lynchings and "street justice" in South America

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Thu Dec 6 18:03:33 MST 2018


Ahh, the wonders capitalism has in store for us...

BRASÍLIA—For Victor Melo, the end began with a stolen iPhone.

The 16-year-old had spent a balmy Saturday afternoon in May with his high
school friends at a funk music party in Brasília’s central park, not far
from the country’s presidential palace.

As he headed home shortly after sundown, someone in the crowd grabbed his
classmate Ágatha from behind and snatched her phone, witnesses told police.
She spun around and saw Victor. Believing him to be the thief, she screamed
out for help. Her friends knocked him to the ground and began to beat him
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Hearing Ágatha’s shrieks, another group of partygoers presumed he must be
the same teen who had swiped a pair of sunglasses from them earlier. One of
them jammed a broken bottle into Victor’s stomach. A young blond woman
known as Apple punctured him repeatedly with what police believe was a
screwdriver, skewering the muscles between his ribs. A man then plunged a
knife into his heart.

In the half-hour it took the group of 20 mostly high-school students to
kill Victor, no one searched him for the stolen items. Another 100 or so
partygoers looked on and did nothing, investigators said.

“Die, you asshole,” one onlooker can be heard saying in a video recorded on
a witness’s cellphone, as paramedics later tried in vain to resuscitate
Victor, hunched over his limp corpse.

Lynching is Latin America’s dark secret. The region has the world’s highest
murder rate, and its highest rate of impunity.
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countries including Brazil solve just 1 in 10 murders. With little faith in
the police or the courts to bring criminals to justice, mobs routinely kill
suspected lawbreakers in spontaneous attacks....
Continental carnage

Lynchings typically follow the same ritual across Latin America. A group of
friends, relatives or neighbors witness a crime or hear about one over the
messaging service WhatsApp. They hunt down the suspect and drag him to a
public place, where they torture and kill him with whatever weapons are at
hand, from kitchen utensils to scythes from the harvest.
Continental carnage

Lynchings typically follow the same ritual across Latin America. A group of
friends, relatives or neighbors witness a crime or hear about one over the
messaging service WhatsApp. They hunt down the suspect and drag him to a
public place, where they torture and kill him with whatever weapons are at
hand, from kitchen utensils to scythes from the harvest.

In April, Amazonian villagers in Peru dragged a Canadian tourist along the
ground by a noose around his neck before killing him, believing him to be
guilty of the murder of a local shaman.

An enraged mob in Mexico set a 21-year-old man and his uncle on fire in
August, mistaking them for child snatchers. A video of the incident shows a
crowd gathered around while men take turns pouring gasoline on the pair
until their charred corpses stopped moving.
A town possessed

Almost 2,000 miles north of São Paulo in the town of Araioses, lynching is
now so common that evangelical churches have begun sending missionaries
there, convinced locals have been possessed by the devil.

“Violence runs in their veins,” said missionary Luiz Carlos Cunha, 41,
about the young men he has met, many of whom took part in recent lynchings.
“They said they couldn’t stop themselves…until they saw the blood,” he
said, gazing out onto Araioses’s picturesque waterfront where the Parnaíba
river flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-a-continent-awash-in-crime-citizens-impose-their-own-brutal-justice-1544110959?mod=hp_lead_pos5

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