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Wed Jul 1, 2015, 03:15 PM

The Bolivian town that banned alcohol for a month to stop assaults and sexual abuse

The Bolivian town that banned alcohol for a month to stop assaults and sexual abuse

Video: Vigilantes would shoot firecrackers to warn bars to shut down

Kiran Moodley
Wednesday 01 July 2015

After three minors were raped in less than one week, the residents of a small town of cocoa farmers in Bolivia decided to take the law into their own hands.

With a strong distrust of local law enforcement and a huge amount of anger at the dominance of drug traffickers and car-smugglers in their town, neighbourhood leaders from La Asunta imposed a month-long ban on alcohol and a 10pm curfew for people under 18.

"This has gotten out of hand. The police can't do anything so we've decided to take our own measures and we've called for complying with a 30-day dry law," said Jorge Mendoza, a neighborhood leader in the town some 60 miles (100 kilometers) northeast of La Paz, the capital.

With the law taking place throughout June, Juan Carlos Coche, another member of the neighbour watch group, said the policy had been a success and there had been a clear drop in alcohol consumption, robberies, assaults and sexual abuses.


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Cleita Jul 2015 #1

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Wed Jul 1, 2015, 03:46 PM

1. I think this is the real problem.

For many residents, the police are not up to the job of dealing with the issues: Edmuno Luna, the father of an 11-year-old rape victim, said that the police are far too corrupt. "They keep threatening us, the first thing they do is take our money. Do you have cash for gas? Do you have cash for commission? You have to have at least $700."

Vigilante justice over the last month has seen an alleged rapist forced to where a sign "I am a rapist" while being beaten up by a large crowd before eventually being handed to authorities. For some, that is the right way to go.

Not the alcohol. Now it will start a new business industry of bootleggers and illegal speakeasys and yes, more vigilante justice.

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