In a move that arguably many Americans would approve of, a number of Peruvians attacked a Venezuelan migrant accused of murdering a local man in the Peruvian mountain city of Huancayo.
But not simply going after the accused with swung fists and leg kicks, the Breitbart.com news portal is reporting that the assembled Huancaínos took after the foreigner with makeshift clubs, stones, and boiled water.
It turns out that Gabriel Eduardo Quijada Barroso, 24, stands accused of stabbing to death a local carpenter by the name of Vicente Félix Lara Solano, 70, just outside his home.
After approaching him outside his house, Barroso reportedly threatened Solano with a knife and demanded that he hand over some of his possessions. When Solano resisted, a tussle ensued, and he was killed by a fatal stab to the chest.
Neighbors who witnessed the attack quickly sought to take their revenge on Barroso, tracking him down and attacking him with sticks, boiled water, and stones. Police eventually intervened, taking him to the hospital for his injuries before arresting him.
According to an interview with prosecutors published in the Peruvian newspaper Diario Correo, Barroso said that he regretted the crime but that he did it out of necessity to provide for his impoverished family.
“That day (Sunday) I was drinking liquor, I talked with my mother and my children who are in Lima, they told me they didn’t have anything to eat,” he said. “I took the knife and went out to look for money. I did it out of necessity.”
But that isn’t the end of the Breitbart article. As it turns out, nearly one-fourth of the 4 million Venezuelans displaced by the Communist-friendly dictator Nicolás Maduro, are now in Peru.
By all accounts, the Peruvian government just may be able to give the US Congress tips on how to deal with violent visitors to your country;
The rapid inflow of migration has triggered hostile attitudes towards the Venezuelan community, as locals grow concerned about their lack of employment, risk of criminality, and the strain they place on public services.
Last month, Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra vowed to continue deporting Venezuelans with criminal records in an effort to quell public concern about criminality.
“We’re going to continue,” he told reporters as a group of 50 Venezuelans was deported back to their homeland. “500, 800, 1,000, 2,000 – whatever’s necessary. Those who have committed crimes will be expelled to their country.”
As part of its tougher stance, the government also introduced new rules for Venezuelans wishing to enter the country, forcing them to apply for a humanitarian visa at Peruvian consulates before they travel.