Analysis: In Colombia and Brazil, the homicide pandemic strengthens support for anti-crime leaders

The perceptions of insecurity in Brazil and Colombia favored the election of right-wing presidential candidates, campaigning on radical proposals against crime.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Latin America and the Caribbean have struggled for years with an epidemic other than the coronavirus. The high homicide rates in most countries in the region have led the World Health Organization to classify this scourge as an epidemic.

According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), between 2000 and 2010, more than one million people died as a result of criminal violence. During these years, the homicide rate increased by almost 11%, recording more than 100,000 murders per year. In this context, governments on both sides of the political spectrum have implemented security policies . . .

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