An angry Brazilian crowd has lynched a Venezuelan immigrant who had been accused of murdering a local man.
Witnesses told Brazilian military police that José González, 19, and two other Venezuelan immigrants had been seen stealing from a supermarket on Thursday by Manoel de Sousa, 35, who took justice into his hands in Boa Vista, according to G1
A group of Brazilians ran after the trio with De Sousa behind on their bike. Once he reached them, Gonzalez approached and attacked him.
Manoel de Sousa lost his life after he tried to stop a fleeing Venezuelan immigrant and suspected he had stolen from a friend's supermarket in Brazil.
José González, a Venezuelan immigrant suspected of stealing from the supermarket, allegedly stabbed De Sousa and then was lynched and dragged down a street
Researchers observe González's lifeless body after he was beaten to death
According to reports, De Sousa, who worked as a painter and was a friend of the supermarket owner, was stabbed in the neck by the Venezuelan immigrant.
De Sousa was still alive when the villagers came to his aid and took him to a hospital where he died later.
The angry group comes to the death of the Brazilian local by hitting Gonzalez and leaving his corpse near his makeshift house in the neighborhood of Jardim Floresta, where dozens of tents and tarpaulins supported by wooden sticks line up in front of a Catholic church.
Numerous other Venezuelan refugees have been camping there since they arrived in Boa Vista.
According to an unidentified friend of Gonzalez, he had emigrated from the state of Anzoategui a year ago and found employment doing gardening work.
Venezuelans have settled in the border state of Raraima after fleeing from the terrible conditions in their country of origin. More than 38,000 Venezuelans live in Brazil
Josl Bolívar, one of thousands of Venezuelans who crossed the border into Brazil, told Univision that locals were terrified by the migration crisis.
"The Brazilians see us now with a bit of xenophobia," said Bolivar. & # 39; They're a little scared when they see us because of the amount [of people] who have emigrated here from Venezuela & # 39;
The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), in August, accounted for 38,000 Venezuelans living in Brazil. There were only 1,000 in 2015. In 2017 alone, 17,000 migrants fled the government of President Nicolás Maduro to Brazil. During the first eight months of 2018, 10,000 have crossed into the country.
According to IBGE, 99 percent of Venezuelan immigrants have settled in the cities of Roaima, Boa Vista and Pacaraima. It is expected that another 9,700 will arrive before the end of the year.
People standing on the border between Venezuela, right and Brazil, near the Brazilian city of Pacaraima, in the state of Roraima
A Venezuelan boy offers food to a dog in Pacaraima, the main point of entry for Venezuelans, in the Brazilian state of Roraima
The violent clash on Thursday was not the first confrontation between Venezuelan and Brazilian immigrants.
The confrontation on August 19 forced 1,200 Venezuelans to return to their country after residents in Pacaraima attacked four immigrant Venezuelans who were responsible for the theft, stabbing and beatings of Raimundo Nonato de Oliveira, a store owner of 55 years. He survived and then was discharged from a hospital.
Brazilian President Michel Temer, who has criticized Maduro, has placed the armed forces to maintain order on the Venezuelan border, while thousands continue to flee the South American country in the midst of economic collapse and food shortages.
Last Tuesday, a group of Latin American nations asked for more help to help thousands of Venezuelan immigrants fleeing the economic collapse of their homeland.
The declaration, signed by officials from Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, followed a two-day meeting of technical teams focused on the subject.
According to the United Nations, more than 1.6 million Venezuelans have left their homeland since 2015 to escape the severe shortages of food and medicine, and inflation that the International Monetary Fund estimates will reach 1 million percent this year. .