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WATCH: Living in the World's Most Dangerous City

Caracas, Venezuela, is now the world's most dangerous city due to its homicide rate.

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Last month, Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, was branded the most dangerous city in the world due to its homicide rate.

"The Mexico Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice estimated that for every 100,000 residents, 120 people are killed," according to the Daily Star Online.

San Pedro Sula in Honduras has been considered the world's most dangerous for the past few years, but this year Caracas rose to the number one spot.

"It is the most hellish place on Earth. You never want to go back there," Paul Keany told the Daily Star. Keany was locked up after being caught at Caracas airport in October 2008 with 6kg in cocaine he had agreed to smuggle in a suitcase.

Watch: Clashes between students and the government forces of President Nicolás Maduro erupted in Caracas, Venezuela, on the one-year anniversary of anti-government riots last February. The riots were due to the country's high levels of urban violence, inflation, and chronic shortages of basic goods and have continued for two years.

Last April, effigies representing U.S. President Barack Obama and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro were set on fire as part of Venezuela's Easter "Burning of Judas" ritual. As a tradition, figures of people accused of treachery are publicly set ablaze.

Families of victims shot in a violent crime spree mourn their loved ones.

International artists attend the Venezuela Expo Tattoo, a weeklong annual event at the City Market in Caracas and the largest event of its kind in Latin America. 

A yoga scheme is thought to potentially improve the quality of life for the people living in the slums of Caracas.

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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