Dozens of armed gang members have set up roadblocks to rob drivers en masse in recent days in Rio de Janeiro. Victims have been yanked from their cars in the middle of the streets in ten such robberies in the past week. Gunmen then stole the vehicles, taking other victims hostage. Newspaper reports note that there have been 33 mass robberies in Rio de Janiero this year, with some 145 people robbed and 37 vehicles stolen Authorities believe the violence is retaliation by gangs upset over Governor Sergio Cabral’s aggressive anti-gang campaigns.

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