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First finalist 2005

Mª Eugenia García Lorente



Barranquilla is a village of approximately 2,000 inhabitants, located in the Amazon jungle, which has no police force. The inhabitants have organized a citizen security group that patrols the streets in and around the village to protect the population.

One night, they stopped four people on the road as they were allegedly about to rob a pick-up truck. The members of the The members of the citizen security group tied the assailants up with ropes in the village square and held them blindfolded until the national police arrived from the nearest police station, which is located two hours away from Barranquita. The officers took the detainees to the police station, where they were handcuffed to the bars of the building’s windows. At no time were their eyes uncovered.