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In this Sept. 16, 2010 photo, a mural depicting an image of Jesus Christ holding a machine gun covers a wall in La Piedrita or Little Rock neighborhood gang turf in Caracas, Venezuela.  Heavily armed gangs that pledge allegiance to President Hugo Chavez rule over fiefdoms in slums where police rarely patrol, employing vigilante justice and collecting extortion money. A shooting attack on the opposition candidate's entourage has kindled worries that Chavez's defenders could resort to violence if cancer impedes his bid for re-election. The gangs, however, are loosely organized and do not appear to be taking orders from the government. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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