Militias in Rio Have More Power than Anticipated

"The Office of Crime" militia has grabbed headlines in recent weeks for being connected to the murder of councilwoman Marielle Franco in 2018.

By Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A series of revelations about how militias in Rio de Janeiro are laundering large quantities of money through illegal real estate shines a light on the impunity with which these groups operate and the protection they receive from the state, writes "InSight Crime" in its latest report.

On April 12, two residential buildings collapsed in the community of Muzema in Rio de Janeiro, killing many people. A police operation quickly revealed that the buildings had been constructed illegally, without any approval from authorities.

In a statement, the local government said that militia groups . . .

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