As the country of Venezuela descends further into destruction and poverty, people are taking things into their own hands and it’s becoming an epidemic, Yahoo News reports.
Robberies are increasing due to the desperate state of the economy, as the nation spins out of control, and anyone caught in the act of robbery by the general public are being brutally beaten, lynched and even burned to death.
Venezuela reportedly has one of the highest murder rates in the world, yet only six crimes out of every 100 result in a sentence.
AFP journalists have observed the gruesome lynchings and beatings in the capital city of Caracas. People are set on fire for being a government supporter, robbery, or even being suspected of robbery.
In one incident, after a witness stopped a man trying to rob a woman at gunpoint in a bakery, the mob took over, stripping him naked, stomping on his head and practically beating him to a pulp.
“You’re lucky we didn’t burn you!” one person yelled, as police rescued the man and arrested him.
The intent of the crowd is normally to kill the person before the police arrives, said one official.
Just within the first five months of 2017, at least 60 people were reportedly killed in lynchings, and 126 killings were reported in 2016 – skyrocketing from only 20 the previous year.
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