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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 >
For the original by Elenilce Bottari in Portuguese in O Globo click here.
They have no doubt that “what they did to Bull was a great cruelty.” This is how residents, friends and family have described what happened to Rio resident Amarildo de Souza, who has been missing since July 14th, when he was taken “for questioning” by police officers of the Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) in Rocinha. Amarildo is an assistant bricklayer, born and raised in the community. In his 42 years, he never got above the poverty line and has always lived in the little known area of Pocinho, which is dominated More >
For the original by William de Oliveira in Portuguese on Viva Favela click here. William de Oliveira is a Rocinha resident and former Resident Association president.
The disappearance of a resident from the Rocinha community of Rio de Janeiro is a mystery. The family of Amarildo de Souza, known as Bull in the community, has exhaustively searched for more than ten days for answers. Amarildo was last seen on July 14 around 8am. He was taken by the favela’s Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) officers for questioning, and never returned home. His relatives have visited various hospitals and police stations and have yet to find him. More >
Rio de Janeiro – In a quick and decisive military sweep, Brazilian security forces seized control of this city’s most notorious slum on Sunday, claiming victory in a weeklong battle against drug gangs that has claimed dozens of lives. – The New York Times
In late November, following a wave of attacks from Rio’s drug gangs, in which over one hundred vehicles were set on fire across the city, Rio police entered Vila Cruzeiro, where it was thought the ones responsible for the attacks were hiding. The reasoning behind the wave of street violence that triggered the action was unclear, but City and More >
Josenildo dos Santos was assassinated by military police from the 1st Battalion in April 2009 at Morro da Coroa.
From then on, the families, friends and the Network Against Violence initiated a fight for justice. This would lead to the naming of four Military Police officers (Rio’s street-level crime prevention outfit): Vagner Barbosa Santana, Carlos Eduardo Virgínio dos Santos, Jubson Alencar Cruz Souza and Leonardo José de Jesus Gomes for homicide charges. This victory for the family of Josenildo and for the community seems to have irritated the 1st Battalion and led them to attempt retaliation. On the eighth of February More >