Was in #Ferguson geschieht, ist vielen Brasilianer_innen nicht fremd

On August 9, unarmed American teenager Michael Brown was shot to death by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, unleashing immediate protest. On the same day, residents of Complexo do Alemão in Rio de Janeiro organized a march to demand an end to recent shootings that have injured and killed unarmed community residents […]

rioonwatchIn Brazil, in contrast, neither high death rates of innocent poor black citizens nor oppressive police tactics are a surprise to citizens. In Rio de Janeiro in particular, harboring some of Brazil’s most violent police and most extreme inequality, what happened in Ferguson is the city’s modus operandi, its bread-and-butter. This even applies to many of Rio’s “community policing,” or Pacifying Police Units (UPP) program sites, a program launched in 2008 that establishes a constant police presence in selected favelas around the city. In Alemão, for example, police stand at strategic street corners with rifles pointed down narrow alleyways or over walls. Residents, including young children, pass through such alleyways on their way to schools, shops or work, on a daily basis. Just last night, August 24, inhabitants of the favela complex took to social media to report “intense shooting” that saw people running for their lives and animals wounded and killed […]

Read more: Rio on Watch

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