Appears to spreadWednesday, April 2, 2014
More cases of lynching seen in Córdoba, Rosario, La Rioja
A day after President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner condemned such behaviour, new cases of lynching were reported to have taken place in Córdoba, Rosario and La Rioja yesterday, as the phenomenon of citizens taking justice into their own hands continued to spark debate throughout society.
In Irupe, Córdoba City, a 34-year old man was trapped and beaten by a group of people who had found out he had stolen a backpack from a 12-year old girl.
“We hit him, but without the intention of killing him,” said the girl’s father, Pablo, adding that after his neighbours “found out it was my daughter, they did want to kill him, but fortunately he was already sitting in the police car.”
The father of the girl nonetheless admitted that because the thief was “drugged up,” he remained on his feet despite the beatings.
“We would have all ended in prison” had the police not separated them, he said.
In Rosario, Santa Fe, where a wave of lynching originated following the death of an 18-year old who had been ferociously beaten for having allegedly stolen a purse, another incident was registered last night.
A 17-year old caught stealing from a parked car was left in hospital after a similarly savage attack.
The victim was taken to the Roque Sáenz Peña Municipal Hospital, where he was treated for serious injuries to the thorax and abdomen.
In the neighbourhood of Santa Justina in La Rioja province, a group of people chased and beat a young man who allegedly broke into a small shop, and attacked its owner. The woman, terrified, said that she did not have any money so the 19-year-old man took a box of wine bottles and ran away.
A mob ran after him. Men and women hit the young man but several witnesses phoned the police. Officers arrived and prevented a more violent attack.
With prosecutors investigating video footage of the attack on 22-year old Oscar Bonaldi by a mob who mistook him for a criminal on Saturday, as of yet, none have been arrested for the aforementioned lynchings.
Herald with DyN, Télam