When the world gets closer.

We help you see farther.

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter.

Enjoy unlimited access to quality journalism.

Limited time offer

Get your 30-day free trial!
Lynching in Merlo, Argentina
Lynching in Merlo, Argentina

It happens intermittently in Latin American countries. Residents exasperated with rampant criminality, police ineptitude and impunity decide to give criminals the lesson of their lives — or the last lesson of their lives.

This practice associated more with rural Central America or Mexico is rearing its ugly head in Argentina, where rising crime has been fueling dissatisfaction with the state’s ability to keep the peace and protect private property.

Three lynching incidents were reported in Argentina over a period of 72 hours this past week.

On April 5, residents of Garupá in northeastern Argentina sought to lynch the brother of a man held in the shooting of an 18-year-old. The detainee was one of several held, whom neighbors accused of constituting a “family” of local thieves. A mob of hundreds caught the brother of one of them and beat and “stoned” him — until police stopped them three hours later when the target of the anger was near death.

In Merlo, outside the capital, a young man was caught breaking a van window, which led the owner of the vehicle and other neighbors to beat him until police arrived, according to the website MerloGBA, which posted pictures of passersby observing the beating.

In Santiago del Estero, locals beat a 17-year-old as he left home on April 7, after they found out he had stolen and sold a bike. They then drove him to where he had left the bike, the local paper El Liberal reported.

Here’s a recent episode captured on video:

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.

Ideas

How Turkey Can Bring Its Brain Drain Back Home

Turkey heads to the polls next year as it faces its worst economic crisis in decades. Disillusioned by corruption, many young people have already left. However, Turkey's disaffected young expats are still very attached to their country, and could offer the best hope for a new future for the country.

Photo of people on a passenger ferry on the Bosphorus, with Istanbul in the background

Leaving Istanbul?

Bekir Ağırdır*

-Analysis-

ISTANBUL — Turkey goes to the polls next June in crucial national elections. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is up against several serious challenges, as a dissatisfied electorate faces the worst economic crisis of his two-decade rule. The opposition is polling well, but the traditional media landscape is in the hands of the government and its supporters.

But against this backdrop, many, especially the young, are disillusioned with the country and its entire political system.

Young or old, people from every demographic, cultural group and class who worry about the future of Turkey are looking for something new. Relationships and dialogues between people from different political traditions and backgrounds are increasing. We all constantly feel the country's declining quality of life and worry about the prevalence of crime and lawlessness.

Keep reading...Show less

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.

The latest