• Short Summary

    In Venezuela where an estimated two million children and youths have been abandoned by their parents Christmas time is a peak period for juvenile crime.

  • Description

    In Venezuela where an estimated two million children and youths have been abandoned by their parents Christmas time is a peak period for juvenile crime. To combat this police in the capital Caracas have launched a series of pre-Christmas raids called "Operacion Navidad" of Christmas Operation.

    In the raids, police took large numbers of youths back to the police stations. Searches revealed pistols, a rifle, knives, various other weapons and drugs. They also caught some wanted criminals.

    Despite the sudden oil wealth which has made Venezuela Latin America's richest republic, government officials admit that 40 per cent of Venezuela's 12 million inhabitants live in the "ranchos" or shanty huts and slums in and around the capital and other cities.

    Senor Pedro Castillo, Secretary General of the Venezuelan Child Council, says child abandonment springs partly from "machismo" or the virility complex of the South American male. This orientates the conduct of many males towards polygamy and the procreation of numerous illegitimate children," he says.

    "Operacion Navidad" organised jointly by the Caracas Metropolitan Police and the Judicial Technical Police. Their aim is to clean up the streets of Caracas and make it a less dangerous city to live in.

    SYNOPSIS: Police in the Venezuelan capital Caracas have launched "Operacion Navidad" or Christmas Operation because they have found the pre-Christmas period a peak time for the huge amount of juvenile crime in the city. The operation involves a series of raids when police suddenly arrive in one of the more dangerous areas of the city and take away large numbers of young suspects.

    Despite the sudden oil wealth which has made Venezuela Latin America's richest republic, government officials admit that forty per cent of the country's twelve million inhabitants still live in the ranchos or shanty huts in and around Caracas and other cities. Senor Pedro Castillo, Secretary General of the Venezuelan Child Council, says child abandonment springs partly from "machismo" or the virility complex of the South American male. He says this orientates Venezuelan men towards polygamy and the procreation of numerous illegitimate children. Whatever the reasons the aim of the police is solely to cut down the large amount of crime caused by these abandoned young people.

    Police caught some wanted criminals in "Operacion Navidad" and unearthed a whole array of weapons. They hope the raids have made Caracas a less dangerous city to live in.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4VQ8YGD5C5HQGT929OD7GGC2P
    Media URN:
    VLVA4VQ8YGD5C5HQGT929OD7GGC2P
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment