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) […]

UPP Commander Shot in RIo’s Manguinhos: Daily

UPP Commander Shot in RIo’s Manguinhos: Daily

By Claire Rivé, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The commander of the Manguinhos community’s Police Pacification Unit (UPP) was shot in the leg, while the unit headquarters of UPP Manguinhos were burned down last night (Thursday) as violent clashes between officers from the UPP and residents of the Zona Norte (North Zone) of […]

BOPE Reoccupy Favelas to Aid UPP in Zona Norte

BOPE Reoccupy Favelas to Aid UPP in Zona Norte

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Saturday, officers from BOPE (Special Operations Battalion) reoccupied the Complexo do Alemão and Complexo da Penha in the Zona Norte (North Zone) of Rio, after the death of four UPP (Pacifying Police Unit) officers in the past month. Between 200 and 300 BOPE officers […]

Two More Police Officers Killed in Rio de Janeiro: Daily

Two More Police Officers Killed in Rio de Janeiro: Daily

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Two police officers were shot in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, March 15th. Those deaths marked the eighteenth and nineteenth officer casualties this year and that three month death toll now surpasses the total number of officers, eighteen, killed during the entire year of […]

Vila Kennedy Favela Receives Rio’s 38th UPP: Daily

Vila Kennedy Favela Receives Rio’s 38th UPP: Daily

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — The community of Villa Kennedy in Rio’s Zona Oeste (West Zone) received the city’s 38th UPP (Police Pacification Unit) yesterday morning. The chief of operations of the military police of Rio de Janeiro, colonel Paulo Henrique Moraes, reported that around 6AM the favela was occupied […]

Rio Police Deaths in 2014 Almost Equal to 2013

Rio Police Deaths in 2014 Almost Equal to 2013

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Recent violence has left almost as many police officers dead this year as in the entire year of 2013. In the state of Rio de Janeiro, fifteen police officers have already died, compared to eighteen in 2013. The latest deaths were two UPP (Pacifying Police […]

Rio Military Police Accused of Revenge Executions: Daily

Rio Military Police Accused of Revenge Executions: Daily

By Alfred Rinaldi, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Military police in Rio were placed under investigation on Wednesday by the civil police for the suspected execution-style killing of six men last Tuesday, February 4th, in a favela in the city’s Zona Norte (North Zone). The inquiry comes after photographs published on an unofficial […]

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