CARACAS, Tuesday February 05, 2013 | Update

Sixty-five people killed in Venezuela in four days

Over the weekend only, 40 dead bodies were taken to the Caracas morgue

Relatives of the victims call for justice and pray to God (Photo: Enio Perdomo)
Tuesday February 05, 2013  10:46 AM
Sixty-five people were murdered in the first four days of February in Caracas, including 40 people that were killed during the weekend. 

A police officer remarked that February is likely to become a very violent month considering the number of dead bodies (16) taken to the morgue on a daily basis.

In January 2013, the morgue received a total of 419 bodies, 80% of which had gunshot wounds, a source from the Scientific, Criminal and Forensic Investigation Agency (Cicpc) said off the record. 

Meanwhile, the relatives of the victims call for justice and pray to God.

Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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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