SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian authorities say residents of the border town of Pacaraima attacked Venezuelan immigrants after a local storeowner was robbed, stabbed and beaten in an attack blamed on four immigrants.
Pacaraima, in the northern jungle state of Roraima, is a major border crossing between Brazil and Venezuela.
After a rally held Saturday to protest the attack against the storeowner, groups of residents roamed the town hurling rocks at the immigrants and setting fire to their belongings.
Police said the storeowner, who was beaten and robbed on Friday night, has been hospitalized and is in stable condition.
Fleeing the economic and political turmoil in their country, tens of thousands of Venezuelans have crossed the border into Brazil over the past few years.