Rio’s Murderous Militias Gain Territory and Sources of Revenue

Militias have long had multiple forms of income. The paramilitary organizations are often composed of active duty and retired police and start by taking over areas from drug traffickers, then begin charging local businesses protection fees.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Far from the beaches and postcard views that have made Rio de Janeiro a tourist destination, there is a deepening malaise taking over the city’s outskirts and suburbs.

In the security vacuum left by a nearly bankrupt state, mafia-like organizations known as militias have taken over and exert their will and influence on denizens just out of the public’s eye.

Police acted on 22 warrants Thursday targeting militias as part of the investigation into the death of a political candidate in Rio suburb Duque de Caxias. According to authorities the murder of the . . .

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