Brazilian border town residents drive out Venezuelan immigrants

19 August 2018

Angry residents of Pacaraima ran riot and drove out Venezuelan immigrants on Saturday  after a local restaurant owner was stabbed and beaten.

The demonstrations forced hundreds of Venezuelans to flee back across the border on foot. Residents set fire to the belongings they left behind and block the road crossing between the two countries. Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have poured over the border into Roraima state before because of economic and political turmoil.