Tag: Police

By Samuel Elliott Novacich, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In an operation carried out by Draco (the Delegacia de Repressão a Ações Criminosas Organizadas, or Department of Repression Against Organized Crime) that culminated on July 27th, fourteen police...
By Sibel Tinar, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A large-scale operation named Operação Guilhotina (Operation Guillotine), conducted last week by Brazil’s Polícia Federal (Federal Police), the country’s federal investigation bureau, has so far led to the arrests...


Editorial RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This week the headlines have been covered with Operação Guilhotina (Operation Guillotine), with 580 Polícia Federal (Federal Police) agents raiding several police stations in various neighborhoods of Rio. It is great news, with...
Opinion, by Samantha Barthelemy RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The news is hardly surprising. But that does not mean they are not upsetting. While authorities celebrate the São Carlos Complex operation’s success, on February 6th, Cariocas seem divided over...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - One sad piece of last week’s news was that almost 400 people in Cambodia were killed when they were pushed onto a small stretch of bridge, from both sides. Another piece...
Opinion by Samantha Barthelemy RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Shock. Disbelief. Fear. Insecurity. Adrenaline. Tension. Anger. Frustration. My Cidade Maravilhosa is under siege. Tracked armored tanks, M113 personnel carriers, hundreds of camouflage-painted soldiers and black-clad police officers flocked the...
By Amy Skalmusky, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Cidade Maravilhosa is under siege. The violence started on Sunday, and just in the last 24 hours, 19 vehicles have been burnt including cars, buses and vans, bringing the...
By Cornelius Conboy, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO - Drug wars spilled out of the favelas into the Zona Sul last week as violence escalated in response to increased police actions. At least 8 people have been killed last week...



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