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Three Alleged Cattle Rustlers
Lynched in Bolivia

Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Staff

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Posted By:PageTurner, 7/8/2014 2:30:55 PM

LA PAZ – Three alleged cattle thieves were lynched by villagers in the Bolivian province of La Paz, local media reported Monday. The incident took place on Friday in the town of Topoco after six men were surprised by local residents as they were stealing cattle. After a pursuit, three of the men were apprehended and lynched by their captors, Radio Erbol reported. Once they were dead, the three men’s bodies were burned, according to the radio report, which added that Bolivia’s Special Crime Fighting Force (FELCC) had been informed of the incident. Lynchings of alleged criminals occur relatively frequently in Bolivia and,

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Reply 1 - Posted by: coldborezero, 7/8/2014 2:38:12 PM     (No. 9915488)

Whoa! I bet those three boys won´t be stealing any more cattle.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: lancer12, 7/8/2014 2:41:24 PM     (No. 9915495)

Allegedly lynched.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 7/8/2014 2:45:44 PM     (No. 9915504)

"indigenous justice". Remember, all cultures are equally valid, right?
Seriously, the designation of "felony", and cattle rustling certainly qualifies, historically implied "crime punished by death". From the article, there is no doubt of guilt, and the honest citizens were spared the cost of bringing in a bribe-able judge with delusions of grandeur. We may yet see something of the sort in this country, and if "frontier justice" takes in a couple of these loony judges, so be it.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jond, 7/8/2014 3:32:01 PM     (No. 9915551)

They did the best they could with what they had.

Melvin Belli (being dead) was not available.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Mickturn, 7/8/2014 3:57:58 PM     (No. 9915593)

Hopefully they were Marxists stealing their ´last meal´!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 7/8/2014 4:33:24 PM     (No. 9915654)

What happens when you find out the cattle rustlers were working for the local Police Chief and Judge. Right?



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Reply 7 - Posted by: maitaisoo, 7/8/2014 4:53:01 PM     (No. 9915679)

Then they should lynch the police chief and judge too.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mackrand, 7/8/2014 5:50:45 PM     (No. 9915750)

The article says that they include a cartoon so that every story has a happy ending. Since there wasn´t a cartoon with that story the writer seems to agree that this story already has a happy ending.....

I agree but unfortunately three of the bad guys got away. The local residents don´t seem to be the type to give up so I expect they will be apprehended sooner rather than later.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Butch, 7/8/2014 8:17:41 PM     (No. 9915914)

Vigilante justice is common here in the Andes. I´ve seen thieves being roughed up by shopkeepers and passers-by. I don´t know whether it´s because the police are undermanned or corrupt, but it´s the way a lot of justice (or "justice") is dispensed here. It may be crude, but at least the locals won´t just stand there filming crimes with their smart-phone cameras and refuse to help.

In poor countries, theft can be a threat to one´s life.

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