CARACAS, Wednesday February 06, 2013 | Update

Caracas morgue has received 98 dead bodies so far in February

Twelve dead bodies were taken to the morgue on Monday and Tuesday

Relatives waiting outside the forensic institute (Photo: Enio Perdomo)
Wednesday February 06, 2013  10:15 AM
Twelve dead bodies were taken to the Bello Monte morgue, south Caracas, since Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning, thus pushing the number of dead bodies to 98 in the first five days of February.

Consequently, in average the morgue received 19 bodies per day, and most of them (80%) had gunshot wounds, according to unofficial sources with the Scientific, Criminal and Forensic Investigation Agency (Cicpc).

In this sense, Police Chief Elisio Guzmán, the director of Miranda State Police Department, claimed that the skyrocketing murder rate in Venezuela is the result of the Venezuelan State's failure to implement public security policies.
Gagging Twitter users

Pablo Jiménez Guaricuco was summarily dismissed from his Clerk III job at the Autonomous Service of Public Registries and Notaries' Offices (Saren). He read a notice published in a newspaper on November 5 informing the public that he was no longer employed to the Saren. He was sacked despite the fact that he was taking a leave of absence from work due to a work-related accident, and that he enjoyed security of employment under the parental job-immunity privilege. Most probably, the decision was influenced by his role as a union organizer. But what did he do, besides leading protests, to deserve the sack? Well, he allegedly sent off a series of tweets that definitely hurt the sensitivity of the Saren Directorate.

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