Posts tagged Pacifying Police Unit (UPP)
This is Part 2 in a four part series on the History of Rio de Janeiro’s Military Police. Click for Part 1.
Bandido favelado não se varre com vassoura se varre com granada com fuzil, metralhadora
(Favela criminal you don’t sweep them away with a broom you sweep them away with grenades with rifles, machine guns)
As we have seen, the mandate of the Brazilian police force throughout its history has been heavily based on colonial notions of citizenship. Those ‘with’ tend to be seen as honest, hardworking citizens, whilst those ‘without’ are viewed as criminals, or potential criminals. In More >
In 1978 favela residents, liberation theologians and activists mobilized to successfully defend Vidigal against eviction attempts. Those protesting removal used ingenious methods of resistance. These included providing daily coffees to placate COMLURB (Rio’s waste collection company) workers, those employed to evict the protesters, recognizing that they, too, were poor and hungry. These garis (street sweepers) soon made it clear to the government that they wouldn’t remove any of the belongings of residents who wished to stay. Brazilianist Bryan McCann, author of the new book Hard Times in the Marvelous City: From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro, describes the efforts as More >
José Luiz da Silva Soares, known as Luiz Soares, is the Social Mediator at the Manguinhos Park Library. Luiz is 41 years old, was born in Tijuca, and lived in various neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro before moving to the Complexo de Manguinhos favela in the North Zone of Rio in 1995. As he was already an adult, it was a big change in his life. Despite this, Luiz never left. “The good things we see in the favela are solidarity, friendship, union—this is really cool, this is priceless,” he says.
He started to become involved in social work in several communities More >
For the original by Mariana Albanese in Portuguese published on the Carta Capital blog Negro Belchoir click here.
The actions and the images are shocking, and yet they are celebrated on the BOPE Facebook page. The deaths of two soldiers were being vindicated and their honor washed with the blood of young black bodies that lie on the steps up to any favela in Rio de Janeiro.
The saying from Africa goes “The true story of the forest will only be known when the lion speaks.” A lioness, in this case: Mariana Albanese, a journalist and editor of Vidiga!, human rights activist More >
In a week of extreme violence in the city of Rio de Janeiro, a series of incidents have caused shockwaves across social media, shining a harsh light on the grave security situation and social and racial inequalities in the city and provoking intense debate as citizens seek a safer Rio.
Violent Clashes in UPP Communities
Last Friday morning, January 31, 33 year-old machine operator, Edilson Rodrigues da Silva Cardoso, stepped out to smoke a cigarette in front of his home in Rocinha and was shot in the chest and died as a shootout ensued between police and drug gangs in the Pacifying Police More >