Guide to Brazil

Violence in Brazil

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Police fires during a demonstration. Photo: Paulo Pinto/ AGPT

Brazil is home to 19 of the world’s 50 most violent cities, according to Mexico City think tank the Citizen Council on Public Security, Justice and Peace. Brazil has steadily earned a reputation for violence, with citing repression of protestors, prison conditions, LGBTQ rights, criminalization of abortion and police violence as contributing factors. Brazil also has high rates of domestic violence, with courts currently processing more than 1 million cases. However, it’s homicides that grab the headlines: among its population of approximately 208 million, Brazil sees a total of 60,000 annually. One in every three Brazilians...

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