Violence September 25, 2018

Who killed Marielle Franco? Six months later, no answers

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Marielle Franco, 38, a councilwoman for the city of Rio de Janeiro, was on her way home from mediating a debate when her car was cut off by a silver Chevrolet Cobalt, which had been following her for around 4 kilometers. Thirteen gunshots were then fired from the Cobalt. Four of them hit Marielle, three… Read More »

Understanding Brazil’s National Security Law

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Moments after stabbing far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro in the abdomen, Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, 40, was arrested by the police. He confessed to the crime and was transferred to a federal prison in Campo Grande, in the center-west state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Then, he was indicted for a “personal assault driven by… Read More »

How global agribusiness in Brazil is destroying indigenous peoples’ lives

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For more than half a century, the indigenous Kaiowá and Guarani people of Brazil have been deprived of their ancestral lands, and consigned to small reserves where it is impossible to maintain their traditional livelihoods. Generations of these indigenous peoples’ lives have been marked by violence and vulnerability as they have tried to reclaim what, according… Read More »

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Unprecedented level of political radicalism in Brazil

Even before far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed in the stomach, Brazil's presidential race had reached levels of radicalism unheard of since the 1985 return to democracy.

Even before far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed in the stomach, Brazil’s presidential race had reached levels of radicalism unheard of since the 1985 return to democracy. Now, the hole is getting even deeper. This new escalation of violence touches, of all people, the most belligerent of our presidential hopefuls: Jair Bolsonaro, the only relevant… Read More »

Drug routes key to understanding rising violence in Brazil

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Brazil has historically done a poor job monitoring violence rates. To date, the federal government has little idea of exactly how many murders happen in the country – as it still doesn’t have a consolidated database to monitor violence rates. The best indicator is a study published annually by the Brazilian Forum of Public Security… Read More »

Who are the people working for drug cartels in Rio?

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Under federal intervention since March 2018, Rio de Janeiro has been riddled with violence and organized crime. According to the NGO Public Safety Institute, the state of Rio de Janeiro registered 40 violent deaths for every 100,000 inhabitants in 2017 – a hike of 7.4 percent from 2016. In the state capital, 70 percent of… Read More »

Proposals for the Rio de Janeiro security crisis

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Back in February, Brazilian President Michel Temer announced that the Armed Forces would take control of the security apparatus of the city of Rio de Janeiro, in order to “put an end to the great threats to the public order.” Since then, however, violence rates have failed to go down, and deaths related to police… Read More »