Posts tagged police brutality
The eviction last Friday, April 10, saw over 8,000 people forcibly removed from the disused Telerj (now known as Oi) site, with 21 people injured, 18 arrested and four unconfirmed dead. Reports suggest the 4.30am eviction was carried out with little respect for the residents: Military Police pushed residents down the stairs, used pepper spray and tear gas unnecessarily and did not allow families to collect their possessions. On Friday evening, 500 of those evicted settled in an open-air public space outside the City government building on Avenida Presidente Vargas, one of the principal avenues in the city’s downtown.
Families have been camping More >
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 >
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 >
An initially peaceful protest held in Complexo de Alemão on the evening of Tuesday March 11, ended when police fired tear gas and gunshots. This escalated into an intense Military Police operation lasting several hours. The protest was organized by friends and family of two young people arrested on suspicion of involvement with the drug traffic.
The detainees, Kleyton da Rocha Afonso and Hallam Marcilio Gonçalves, were arrested the day before in an operation by Rio de Janeiro’s civil police to capture drug traffickers and suspects for the shooting and death of Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) officer Rodrigo de Souza Paes Leme on the More >
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 More >