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Brazil has abandoned its public safety

Brazil has abandoned its public safety
Protest against urban violence in Rio. Photo: Fernando Frazão

Over the course of 2016, Brazil registered 61,619 murders. It’s the highest number in our history, and translates into 7 murders every hour. Another 71,796 went missing. These numbers help illustrate how the Brazilian state has so miserably failed to keep its citizens safe. In Rio de Janeiro, 70 percent of residents want to leave the city to escape everyday violence. Meanwhile, half of those living in metropolitan areas say they are aware of organized crime in their neighborhoods.

Brazil is home to 19 of the world’s 50 most violent cities, according to Mexico City think tank the Citizen Council...

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