Trade unionists death toll spikes 175% in Venezuela
NGO Venezuelan Observatory of Social Unrest says murders in Venezuela go unpunished
The document entitled, "Trade Union Violence and Impunity 2012," states that violence soared 175% versus 2011, when the Human Rights Vicarage of Caracas reported 28 killings.
The observatory has attributed the frightening rise of deadly violence to three main factors: current social unrest, at least 15 demonstrations, 14% of which were staged by laborers; impunity, 96% of the crimes are not punished; and trade union parallelism, different trade unions engaged in a single sector fight to one another.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.