Corrugated City

Monday, 26 January 2009

1906 Earthquake IV: Looters

As with most natural disasters, law and order after the 1906 earthquake here in Valparaiso was somewhat lacking. For this reason, the local authorities gave the order for looters to be executed on the spot. These guys were unlucky enough to be caught. You've got to love the mob justice. It's just like the Festival de Viña when they boo artists so much they cry and run off stage :)



This person looks no older than 14 or 15. And given that he's surrounded by gawping children, it suggests that he wasn't older than 14 or 15...

5 comments:

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miguel said...

Interesante...desperate times called for desperate actions...definitely not politically correct these days...at least in the Northwest Hemisphere...making an example of a few probably stopped many...I wouldn't want the task though. I understand in some countries in the Middle East the chop shops are still open for business...if you get caught stealing you can lose a hand, arm, and leg...depending on the number of occurrences...not a pretty thought...but you keep your life...how humane...

Fran said...

As the millions killed by british in Asia,Africa,America,etc...or executed by the crime,nor an eye for an eye(Talion law) is as bloody as colonization...looters.

Matt said...

What?

miguel said...

What??? Where??? When??? Why???