Brazil’s recent history of preventable tragedy and repeated impunity

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The fire at Flamengo’s training center: “an avoidable tragedy”

“We witness, time and time again, disasters that could very much have been avoided,” said Brazilian Prosecutor General Raquel Dodge when talking about a fire that killed 10 teenage football players on February 8. The young men were sleeping in an improvised dormitory that had previously been compared to a juvenile prison by state prosecutors. In recent years, Flamengo football club, which owns the burned down facility, had been fined 30 times for irregularities concerning its training complex. But that didn’t prevent the club from housing their young athletes—mostly poor and living miles away from their families—there.

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