Latin American Program in the News: Death of Consul's Daughter Spurs Venezuela Outcry

By Associated Press

Mar 20, 2012



The government, which has not released detailed annual murder statistics in recent years, has said the murder rate last year was 48 homicides for every 100,000 inhabitants, one of the highest rates in the region.

The Venezuelan Violence Observatory, an organization that tracks crime, said its tally of police homicide figures totaled more than 19,000 killed during 2011. Roberto Briceño-Leon, the group's director, said that was the highest annual number on record in the country of 29 million people.


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