Vice-President Jaua: "Shocking crimes might be induced"
President Hugo Chávez asked: Where would there be greater lack of public security? In Venezuela or in the United States?
Amid a mandatory nationwide broadcast on all free-to air TV and radio channels, live from Cuba, Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez and Executive Vice-President Elías Jaua, talked about insecurity.
Chávez took issue with the US government for posting a statement recommending its citizens to take precautions when traveling to Venezuela to avoid being victims of murder, extortion, kidnapping, robbery or drug trafficking. According to the Venezuelan Head of State, the warning issued by the US State Department shows a synchronized work between the Yankee empire and the Venezuelan opposition."
"Where would there be greater lack of public security in the streets? In Venezuela or in the United States?" Chavez wondered. "You'd better ask; look at the figures or statistics. Murder, kidnapping, drug trafficking, attacks," the president advised. Chávez admitted that his government is assuming the challenge of insecurity. "We are working very hard."
The Venezuelan president announced the approval of USD 408 million on Monday "to deploy the Bolivarian National Police in 15 Venezuelan states" in 2012. Insecurity, he said, "has not only to do with the domestic situation, but with the international environment."
For his part, Vice-President Jaua fingered the opposition for "trying to establish the national weekly agenda." He noted that they failed to impose "the rotten pot of water" and "this week they are trying to highlight the issue of insecurity, terror and anxiety."
"We must be alert against those shocking crimes, which can often be induced from dirty operations. We know how the imperialism works," the Vice-President concluded.
Let us start by looking at what appears to be a discrepancy in figures. According to official statistics, the number of Venezuelans contracting HIV/AIDS every year amounts to 11,699; and as per Ministry of Health figures 43,805 people receive free antiretroviral medications. But Jhonatan Rodríguez, the president of ONG StopVIH, claims that these figures date back to March 2012, and that they are quoted as current figures.