Posts tagged Military Police
For the original in by Gustavo Goulart in Portuguese in O Globo click here.
Militias dominate 454 of the 1,001 favelas located in the Rio de Janeiro municipality. This is one of the findings of research carried out by anthropologist Alba Zaluar and her team from the Institute of Social Studies and Politics (IESP), Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), and Christopher Barcellos, coordinator of Fiocruz’s Information in Health Laboratory and the Institute of Communication and Scientific Information and Technology (ICICT).
Last Tuesday November 19, an interview with Rio State Security secretary, José Mariano Beltrame, was published in which he claimed that Rio may have to lose a generation before the situation of violence in Rio’s favelas improves, saying “Rio de Janeiro has this history and we’re maybe going to lose a generation to change this picture [of violence] that, unfortunately, the state let get to this point.” The assertion has enraged favela residents and human rights advocates with much comment and discussion on social media. Here we translate a response to Beltrame’s statement by Mônica Francisco, Borel resident and representative More >
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 >
You don’t respect me as a citizen with full rights. I don’t respect your initiatives, and laws which I didn’t participate in creating.
Favelas are the greatest proof that we can progress free of what has today become a “someone,” the immense and all powerful organism, the synthesis of centralization, of authority, which dominates political, economic and social power: the State. Which, via laws created without consulting us, which we’re not even encouraged to get to know, the State subdues us and confines us in the illusionary discourse that it is representing us and thinking of the social good.
The State has never More >