Due to a high volume of holiday vacationers, raucous beach parties and drunk-driving accidents usually accompany the deeply religious processions and church services of Semana Santa. This year was no exception.
Police, the Red Cross and the National System of Conservation Areas all conducted special operations from April 11 to 20. The sum of their activities ranged from the expected – attending car accidents – to the tragic – recovering drowning victims – to the absurd – seizing giant dolls used for effigy burnings. Here is a breakdown of the numbers.
Among the detained:
were arrested for violating the country’s psychotropics law (possessing or selling illicit drugs)
were arrested for irregular immigration
were arrested for vandalism
were caught while committing a crime (flagrante delicto) and were transferred to court
As we reported last week, one of the largest seizures for the week was in illegally transported fish. As bizarre as confiscated seafood may seem, the strangest seized items were the 20 human-sized dolls that allegedly would have been used as effigies for “Burning of Judas” ceremonies.
Among other things police seized:
units (unspecified) of illegal alcohol
grams of cocaine and 105 single doses
doses of crack
life-sized dolls for effigy burnings
kilos of marijuana
Car accidents and riptides wreaked the most havoc this Semana Santa, injuring and killing dozens of vacationers.
people attended at Red Cross posts
water rescues by either the Red Cross or Coast Guard
were from traffic accidents
were from shootings
were from other or unknown circumstances