Opinion: The Curmudgeon on “Pacific” Policing

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - No, we’re not talking about the ocean west of Chile, which got its name from Magellan, the Portuguese explorer who found calmer seas westward of his Strait and deemed them peaceful, hence the name Pacific. We’re talking about Rio’s UPPs, Unidades de Polícia Pacificadora, literally Units of Pacifying Police.

Calling the Pacific Ocean peaceful is simply wrong. Calling the Pacifying Police Units peaceful is likewise wrong. Why is this? Surely taking back the favelas from . . .

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