Violence July 15, 2018

Brazil’s PCC has become a multinational criminal enterprise

Brazil's pcc has become a multinational criminal enterprise

The First Command of the Capital (PCC) was born on October 31, 1993. The organization, which would later become Brazil’s largest criminal empire, was created inside a penitentiary in Taubaté, a city close to São Paulo, by eight inmates. Their goal was to denounce what they saw as “oppression” by the prison system. They also… Read More »

Despite advances, Brazil is still a dangerous place to be LGBTQ

Despite advances, Brazil is still a dangerous place to be LGBTQ

Earlier this year, Brazil passed radical legislation allowing trans individuals to use their social names –the names which they are known by, rather than those on their birth certificates – on identity cards without first undergoing gender reassignment surgery. The move, which came after concentrated mobilization efforts from the trans community, has been widely praised.… Read More »

Intervention doubts as Rio’s security situation worsens

Rio’s security crime crisis

Diego Augusto Ferreira had borrowed a neighbor’s motorcycle on a Saturday evening in Rio’s west zone. The 25-year-old, who worked as a street hawker in downtown Rio, was on his way to buy oil for his grandfather’s car. But he didn’t return. Instead, a bullet to the neck on May 12 turned him into the… Read More »

Landless Workers could become subject to Brazil’s Antiterrorism Law

Landless Workers Movements could become subject to Brazil’s Antiterrorism Law

Earlier this week, militant members of the Homeless Workers’ Movement (MTST) occupied the triplex used as evidence of former President Lula in the corruption charges leveraged against him. Guilherme Boulos, a national coordinator for the movement and current presidential candidate, quipped on social media: “If it’s Lula’s, the people can stay. If not, then why… Read More »

Shots fired at Lula greatly disturb Brazil’s political battlefield

Shots fired at Lula greatly disturb Brazil’s political battlefield

Brazil’s political environment is experiencing a process of intense radicalization, which began halfway through Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s first term as president. His administration was then hit by the Mensalão (monthly stipend) scandal – described as a scheme to bribe congressmen in exchange for legislative support. This scandal came to light between 2005 and… Read More »

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Political violence puts Brazil on alert

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Less than two weeks after a Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman was brutally murdered, Brazil has witnessed two more high-profile episodes of political violence. The first was against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Shots were fired at two of the three buses used in his political roadshow in the southern region of Brazil.… Read More »