In a letter addressed to two Argentine humanists living in Sweden, Pope Francis deeply regretted the murder of an 18-year-old who was beat to death by a group of Rosario citizens after he had allegedly stolen a woman’s purse. “The worst that can happen to us is to forget about that scene,” the pontiff said.
A purse snatcher on a motorcycle ended in hospital terribly beaten up by furious neighbors from one of Buenos Aires City most posh boroughs caught him after committing the crime. A woman police on the beat had to rescue the robber from the lynching crowd until other officers arrived.
Eight out of ten Argentines feel that insecurity has been on the rise during recent months while 90% believe that it has become the main problem of the country ahead of inflation, unemployment and corruption, according to a public opinion poll published in Clarin's Sunday edition.
The governor of Argentina's largest, richest and most populated province declared a 12-month state of emergency following an outbreak of lynching by furious citizens who feel defenceless and 'overwhelmed' by crime. The situation has become a major political issue with magistrates and the Church calling for restrain.
Argentina's security secretary said on Wednesday that those who take justice into their own hands are murderers, referring to recent cases of lynching of suspected criminals, and which has caused a serious controversy among politicians and members of the Judiciary branch.