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Brazilian border town residents drive out Venezuelan immigrants
Angry residents of Pacaraima, near Brazil's border with Venezuela, ran riot and drove out Venezuelan immigrants on Saturday (August 18) after a local restaurant owner was stabbed and beaten, residents and government officials said.
The demonstrations forced hundreds of Venezuelans to flee back across the border on foot and residents set fire to the belongings they left behind and to tyres to block the road crossing between the two countries.
Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have poured over the border into Roraima state over the last few years, fleeing economic and political turmoil in their country. The Roraima government has declared the immigration influx a social crisis and asked Brazil's federal government to close the border, which it will not do for humanitarian reasons.