Rio Police Arrest over Forty for Extorting Petrobras Contractors, Murdering Opponents

"Like cancer": Rio militias grow and control swaths of the city. Authorities say that the militia groups, which used to be minor players in the Rio underworld, are now becoming shot callers.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Reuters says in its latest report that the police in Rio de Janeiro arrested 43 people on Thursday, July 4th, for allegedly taking part in a murderous gang that extorted companies providing services to state-run oil company Petrobras and established a secret cemetery where it disposed of rivals.

The arrests underline the growing power of militias in and around South America’s third largest city, comprised in part of retired and off-duty police officers, who control the distribution of utilities and essential goods for millions of residents.

It also illustrates the growing threat of . . .

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