Thursday, July 3, 2008

Hands Up

"When I walk up the streets of my barrio and there are no police in sight, I pray to Ismaelito or to Petroleo Crudo. They were malandros, so maybe they can talk to these malandros and tell them not to harm me. I also believe in the Virgin Mary and my other saints — it's just that these saints understand the street better."

-- Judith Escalona, a believer that Venezuelan "holy thugs" (dead criminals) will do her favors, in TIME magazine.