In this Sept. 16, 2010, a mural depicts an image of Jesus Christ holding a machine, left, and an image of the Virgin Mary holding a young Jesus and a machine gun on a wall in La Piedrita or Little ... more 
In this Sept. 16, 2010, a mural depicts an image of Jesus Christ holding a machine, left, and an image of the Virgin Mary holding a young Jesus and a machine gun on 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) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Ariana Cubillos
Sat, Apr 28, 2012 8:24 AM EDT