Posts tagged police brutality
Last Sunday November 10 saw the launch of the Youth Marked to Live campaign (Juventude Marcada Para Viver), as part of Brazil’s Black Awareness Month, to reduce the homicide rate amongst black youth. For a full afternoon and evening, Parque Madureira in Rio’s North Zone played host to a packed cultural program including photography, passinho dance battle, story-telling, debate and musical performances by rapper BNegão and Northeastern rhythm group Maracutaia. The launch event is just the start of an extensive campaign conceived and realized by students of Observatório de Favelas’ Popular School for Critical Communication (ESPOCC) to raise awareness of the systematic 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >