Posts tagged #CadêAmarildo
Rio’s favela pacification policy–whereby specially trained Military Police occupy and then establish Pacifying Police Units (UPPs) to take territorial control over communities previously controlled by drug trafficking gangs or militia–has come under increasing scrutiny in recent months following the disappearance and torture of bricklayer Amarildo de Souza in Rocinha, cases of inappropriate use of force, and persistent reports of clashes between police and drug gangs in UPP neighborhoods. On Sunday, the Folha de São Paulo newspaper reported that the Rio State Security Secretariat was suspending the implementation of new units to try to “save” the program. The next day, on More >
As the world’s biggest sporting mega-events draw closer, Brazilian authorities will be expected to ensure borders, ports of entry, and territory are secure from threats and clandestine activity. However, security blunders during the Pope’s visit, ongoing conflicts between police and demonstrators, and public threats from organized crime groups promising a ‘World Cup of terror’ pull Brazil’s suitability to host international events into question.
While security threats to international visitors are worrisome, fundamental concerns about the social fabric of Brazil are masked by these worries, with longer term concerns at the core. One of the main problems facing Brazilian citizens is the everyday use More >
For the original by Davison Coutinho in Portuguese in Jornal do Brasil click here.
A community abandoned by the public sector for decades, dominated by drug trafficking, under pressure and oppressed for a lifetime. Suddenly, the dream of a better life emerged: the installation of a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP). The promise was that it would be a better life, free from violence, all with the objective of spreading peace.
However, threats, oppression, beatings and torture were happening in the alleyways and little lanes. This has already been reported by the Jornal do Brasil during the investigation into the disappearance of bricklayer Amarildo, and was the More >
For the original article by Artur Voltolini in Portuguese for Observatório de Favelas, click here.
Data collected by sociologist Michel Misse, in partnership with the Brazilian Bar Association of Rio de Janeiro (OAB/RJ), show the unreasonable number of deaths caused by police and of disappearances in Rio de Janeiro between 2001 and 2011.
On August 27, the Bar Association of Brazil/Rio de Janeiro (OAB/RJ) launched the campaign “Disappearances of Democracy,” in which it disseminated the results of research conducted by sociologist Michel Misse of the Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ), whose findings show that more than ten thousand people were killed under suspicion More >
Question: what do you get when you cross a rapper-activist with a scuba-diving NGO worker, and throw in a very famous former President for good measure? Answer: TEDxMaré (and that is just scratching the surface). Saturday’s day-long conference brought together 150 participants and 20 speakers, in the first ever TED event to take place in a favela. The theme of the day was “favelicidade;” a wordplay which implies the (happy) integration of the favela and the city, and the 15-minute talks were broadly centered around this theme.
Although Fernando Henrique Cardoso was treated as the star attraction, the loudest applause of More >