Friday, June 7, 2013

Bolivia: Justice Can be Harsh, Swift in Indigenous Villages, Rapist, Murderer Buried Alive

According to The Associated Press, villagers in Bolivia’s southern highlands, where Quechua is largely spoken, buried Santos Ramos, 17, a man responsible for the raping and murder of a local woman, Leandra Arias Janco, 35, alive on Wednesday (June 5) after his hands and feet were bound.

The assailant was buried alive in the same grave as his victim. This example of vigilantism occurred in Colquechaca, a town of 5,000 inhabitants, which is located some 333 kilometers (207 miles) southeast of Bolivia’s capital of La Paz.

Such a practice is commonplace in small villages in Andean countries where police are corrupt, ineffective or nonexistent.

COMMENT:  Also in Potosí, residents of the Quechua indigenous community of Tres Cruces on Wednesday (June 7) stoned to death a suspected thief and burned his accomplice alive. The two had earlier stolen a car and killed its driver.