KARINA MARTIN–Ten of the world’s 50 most dangerous cities are located in Latin America, a new report shows.

The Citizen Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice released its annual report of the 50 most dangerous cities, and a fifth of them are in Latin America, accounting for 33 percent of all violent deaths.

Venezuela alone contains four of those cities, including the capital of Caracas as well as Maturín (sixth overall), Guayana (eighth)  and Valencia (ninth). In the capital, there are more than 130 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, placing it at the top of the list.

“That confirms how serious the criminal crisis afflicting Venezuela is,” the report said, “along with other very serious problems.”

Coming in second place was the city of Acapulco, Mexico, with 113.24 homicides pero 100,000 residents, followed by San Pedro Sula, Honduras with 112.09. The fourth most dangerous city is also in Honduras: The Central District, with 85.09 homicides.

Coming in fifth is Mexico’s Ciudad Victoria with 84.67 homicides. San Salvador, El Salvador ranks eighth with 83.39 homicides.

Ninth place goes to Valencia (Venezuela) with 72,02 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, and tenth is Natal, Brazil, with 69.56.

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According to the report, the increase in local drug markets, the emergence of organized crime, drug trafficking between nations and the criminalization of governments are the main reasons for increasing violence in the cities that appear on this list.

“When a government sees crime as a war, it initiates a struggle against its own people,” explained Enrique Desmond Arias, Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University. “This disconnects people from the police, who can only be effective, regardless of the techniques and systems they use, by working in alliance with citizens.”

  • Mike

    Disarming the good people, and arming criminals (like the collectivos in Venezeula) will only lead to these kind of statistics. All these lefty feel good governments are really just power hungry sons-of-bitches who fool a shitload of people. By the time people figure it out, it’s too late. You either support the government and work for it in exploiting the nation, or you oppose it and end up dead.

    • Libertas

      Well said, not much has changed in 200 years, the marxist pope from Argentina thinks global warming is an end times sign of prophecy. Oceans will cover mountains…locusts will swarm…

      For your consideration. 🙂

      “[In] South America… ignorance and superstition will chain their minds and bodies under religious and military despotism.” –Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1818. ME 15:170

      “The danger is that the cruel arts of their oppressors have enchained their minds, have kept them in the ignorance of children, and as incapable of self-government as children. If the obstacles of bigotry and priest-craft can be surmounted, we may hope that common sense will suffice to do everything else.” –Thomas Jefferson to Thaddeus Kosciusko, 1811. ME 13:43

      “The glimmerings which reach us from South America enable us to see that its inhabitants are held under the accumulated pressure of slavery, superstition and ignorance.” –Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.VI, 1782. ME 2:96

  • RoHa

    What a badly written article. Why not give a list showing the rankings?

  • Libertas

    List and Map…en espanol.

    Las diez ciudades más peligrosas del mundo están en Latinoamérica, según informe
    http://www.elobservador.com.uy/las-diez-ciudades-mas-peligrosas-del-mundo-estan-latinoamerica-segun-informe-n1089848

  • Sink Chicken

    Legalize drugs, regulate and tax them and maybe this will all stop. Prohibition didn’t work and neither is criminalizing drug use.