Posts tagged BOPE
On Sunday March 30, Military Police forces officially occupied Complexo da Maré, Rio’s largest favela complex with 16 communities and over 130,000 residents. According to Google News the event was reported over 270 times in the international press, with agency reports published widely by media outlets all over the world. AFP’s coverage, published by by Al Jazeera, Yahoo!, Australia’s news.com.au, China Post and many more, reads: “The swiftly conducted dawn operation was the latest attempt to drive drug gangs out of the notorious Maré shanty town, a haven for organized crime and one of the city’s most dangerous places.” The report describes the police operation, More >
I have never accepted the term “pacification,” adopted as a slogan by the government and repeated all over the media. By consensus, peace is a desired state of mind and something that can be achieved individually or collectively. It is often confused with abundance, since we cannot have peace until we satisfy our basic needs. So without school there is no peace, without health there is no peace, without basic sanitation there is no peace, without leisure there is no peace…but the warrior people of the favelas already know where to find peace, solidarity, joy, and the will to live, More >
You cannot imagine what government neglect of the favelas has done to this city. It is a failure of public service.
- José Mariano Beltrame, Wikileaks, 2009
With the policing strategy clearly not solving any problems in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, a change of policy was long overdue. The possibility of alternative policing had been explored in various forms but had always lacked the political, societal and economic backing to succeed.
There had in fact been various attempts at implementing community More >
Collectives and individuals; community groups, NGOs, alternative media, activists, young people, children and adults; residents of Complexo de Alemão, other favelas and the formal city all gathered in the Praça do Terço, a square in Nova Brasília, Complexo de Alemão on Monday evening for the second public meeting following last Tuesday’s protest and subsequent intense military police operations.
Members of Occupy Alemão, who chaired the public meeting, distributed and read a manifesto, “We want to be happy and walk freely in the favela where we were born.” The manifesto was collectively written by Occupy Alemão, Raizes em Movimento, Educap, Jornal Voz More >
For the original by Debora Pio and Isabele Aguiar in Portuguese for Viva Favela click here.
On its 50th anniversary, Vila Kennedy received the 38th Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) from the State. Under the intense heat that the summer sun usually brings to Bangu, West Zone, BOPE (Special Operations Police Battalion) police officers raised the flags of Brazil and Rio de Janeiro state on Thursday, March 13, at one of the most strategic areas of the community, the Conjunto Leão XIII. This point shares a border with the hill that provides access to the favelas of Senador Camará and Vila Aliança, where traffickers of More >