July 17, 2017 20:44 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Mad Max robbery of sugar truck in unstable Venezuela

Shocking footage captures the moment dozens of moped riders ambush a sugar truck in Venezuela, throwing petrol bombs and forcing it to stop before stripping it of its cargo.

A gang of moped thieves have been caught on film raiding a sugar truck in Venezuela in scenes reminiscent of hit film Mad Max.

Incredible footage, taken from somewhere in the socialist country, shows dozens of moped riders ambushing the truck and hurling petrol bombs at it, forcing it to stop.

The riders then jump on the back before stripping it of all its cargo while other shocked motorists look on or simply turn around and drive off.

A gang of moped thieves has been filmed ambushing a sugar truck travelling along a highway in Venezuela, where civilians are starving following the country's economic collapse

A gang of moped thieves has been filmed ambushing a sugar truck travelling along a highway in Venezuela, where civilians are starving following the country's economic collapse

Venezuela was once one of South America's most successful and wealthy countries, but has seen a rapid decline under the government of Nicolas Maduro.

Maduro assumed power following the death of much-loved socialist leader Hugo Chavez, and has overseen a dramatic economic collapse.

Hyperinflation of 1,600 per cent has seen the cost of daily essentials outstrip most family incomes, if food can even be found amidst national shortages.

More than a million Venezuelans have fled across the border to Colombia since the crisis began in 2014, the first time in six decades that the flow of migrants has gone in that direction.

And the problem is only worsening, with 47,000 fleeing in January alone. 

Dozens of riders can be seen throwing petrol bombs at the truck in order to force it to stop, then stripping it of its cargo as other motorists watch helplessly or flee

Dozens of riders can be seen throwing petrol bombs at the truck in order to force it to stop, then stripping it of its cargo as other motorists watch helplessly or flee

Venezuela used to be one of South America's most successful countries but has seen its economy collapse under the leadership of socialist President Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela used to be one of South America's most successful countries but has seen its economy collapse under the leadership of socialist President Nicolas Maduro

The crisis has seen the popularity of Maduro's government collapse as opposition parties call for snap elections, but he has refused to give up power.

Instead, in a bold series of political manoeuvers, Maduro has attempted to restructure the country's parliament to allow him to consolidate power.

His latest attempt comes in the form of a people's commission to rewrite the country's constitution, leading to calls for mass protests.

Opposition leaders held an unofficial referendum in which 7million people voted against the proposed rewrite.

Lawmaker Freddy Guevara has called for a 'Zero Hour' day of national strikes starting on Thursday to oppose the president's plans.

Almost 100 people have died in more than 100 days of unrest around Venezuela that has seen violent clashes between demonstrators and police. 

Freddy Guevara, an opposition leader, has called for 24 hours of national strikes starting on Thursday to protest Maduro's latest power-grab

Freddy Guevara, an opposition leader, has called for 24 hours of national strikes starting on Thursday to protest Maduro's latest power-grab

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