Los primeros días de 2017 en Brasil iniciaron con 17 horas de violencia. Miembros de un cartel del narcotráfico llamado Familia del Norte masacraron a miembros de su rival, Primer Comando de la Capital (PCC), una de las pandillas más grandes del país. Los asesinatos ocurrieron en el interior de una prisión de administración privada en la ciudad de Manaos, al norte del país. Al menos 56 personas fueron asesinadas y cerca de 180 pandilleros escaparon, de los cuales 140 siguen prófugos. La policía estatal se mostró renuente a intervenir en el enfrentamiento, por temor a empeorar la situación.
En las paredes grafiteadas de la prisión aparecieron mensajes de advertencia.… Seguir leyendo »
Brazil’s first days of 2017 were baptized by 17 hours of violence. Members of a drug ring called Familia do Norte (Family of the North) massacred members of the rival Primeiro Comando da Capital (First Command of the Capital), or P.C.C., one of the country’s largest gangs. The bloodletting occurred inside a privately administered prison in the northern city of Manaus. At least 56 people were slaughtered, and some 180 gang members escaped, 140 of whom are still at large. The state police were reluctant to intervene in the fight, fearing they might make the situation even worse.
The warning signs were written on the prison’s graffiti-lined walls.… Seguir leyendo »
With just two months to go until the start of the World Cup, a sense of panic is gripping Rio. Cariocas, as the city’s residents are known, are less concerned about whether stadiums will be built on time than with the direction of the state police department’s once-lauded pacification program. The pacification police units — or UPPs — were intended to retake control of neighborhoods previously controlled by heavily armed drug barons, with the goal of eventually reintegrating these communities back into the city.
Many people now fear that the pacification police units are unraveling and that violence in some of Rio’s 600 slums — known as favelas — is getting out of control.… Seguir leyendo »
South America’s powerhouse faces tough dilemmas in 2014.
Brazil is hastily preparing to host two of the world’s premier mega-events: the World Cup starting in June and the Olympics just 24 months later. While it has come under heavy criticism for the slow pace of preparations, among other things, this is a country that knows how to throw a party.
Meanwhile, the government is gearing up for a repeat of last year’s social protests. In 2013, more than 1 million people flooded the streets to denounce poor-quality services, the skyrocketing cost of living and the deterioration in public safety. Brazil faces profound problems with violence, including more homicides than any other nation and an exploding prison population.… Seguir leyendo »