Security Forces Increase in Rio de Janeiro for World Cup

Security Forces Increase in Rio de Janeiro for World Cup

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The state of Rio de Janeiro further reinforced its security force for the 2014 World Cup games last week on Friday, June 6th, when almost a thousand new Military Police officers graduated from the Curso de Formação de Soldados (Training Course for Soldiers). The […]

Major Police Operation in Cidade de Deus Closes 16 Schools

Major Police Operation in Cidade de Deus Closes 16 Schools

By Benjamin Parkin, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Police carried out a major operation in Cidade de Deus (City of God), Zona Oeste (West Zone), on Monday, in response to an attack on the local UPP (Police Pacifying Unit) station. Officer Vinícius Salles de Oliveira was shot in the attack on Sunday […]

Rio to Increase Police Force for World Cup

Rio to Increase Police Force for World Cup

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Governor of Rio de Janeiro, Luiz Fernando Pezão, announced that this week 2,000 policemen will begin to work on holidays and time off in the lead up to the World Cup. This adds to the current total of 47,000 officers scheduled to work. American private […]

UPP Must Target Corruption, Experts Say: Daily

UPP Must Target Corruption, Experts Say: Daily

By William Jones, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Security experts believe the Rio de Janeiro UPP (Police Pacification Unit) are at a critical moment. After reducing homicides in their operations, the UPP must now begin to stamp out internal illegal activities such as corruption and punish police who commit crimes, according to specialists […]

More Rio Protest Over Death of Favela Resident: Daily

More Rio Protest Over Death of Favela Resident: Daily

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Another protest closed the streets of Copacabana, the second since Tuesday evening, in relation to the shooting death of a Pavão Pavãozinho favela community resident, allegedly by police. Yesterday’s march followed the the burial of 26 year-old dancer Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira. Hundreds of […]

Brazilian Armed Forces in Complexo da Maré: Daily

Brazilian Armed Forces in Complexo da Maré: Daily

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — Continued efforts in pacifying the Complexo da Maré favela in the Zona Norte (North Zone) took place in the early morning hours Saturday, March 5th from Midnight – 9AM with the transition of the military police to the army. Sections of Avenida Brasil and Linha […]

Editorial: The Army is Coming

Editorial: The Army is Coming

Editorial, by Stone Korshak RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Since my first visit to Brazil in 2002 when I saw a police officer fire his gun in the air with one hand while simultaneously holding a suspect in a choke-hold – next to a crowded kiosk along Copacabana beach – it has been clear to […]

Complexo da Maré Favela Occupied in Rio: Daily

Complexo da Maré Favela Occupied in Rio: Daily

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As the sun rose in Rio de Janeiro this morning, Sunday, March 30th, nearly one thousand Military Police special forces officers accompanied by armored Navy tanks entered Rio’s Complexo da Maré to occupy the region. The tanks entered the Complexo da Maré at approximately […]

Army to Occupy Maré in Preparation for UPP

Army to Occupy Maré in Preparation for UPP

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral, has announced that federal troops will occupy the Complexo da Maré, a complex of favelas in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone). They will be there for an indefinite period of time before a UPP (Police Pacifying Unit) […]

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