Balance of Rio’s One-Day Drug War: One Arrested, 12 Killed

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    Rio bullet Rio de Janeiro has said no to an offer by the Brazilian federal government to send federal troops to police the city after Saturday's deadly confrontation between drug trafficking gangs and the military police that tried to intervene in the drug lords battle for better drug-selling spots in the Morro dos Macacos (Monkeys Hill) favela, in Vila Isabel, 6 miles from downtown Rio.

    According to the authorities, the little war left 12 people dead, 10 criminals and two policemen. Saturday morning a police helicopter carrying four officers was shot by the drug dealers. The bullets hit the pilot's leg and the chopper propeller.

    The pilot was able to land the helicopter in a soccer field from an Olympic Village nearby preventing a bigger tragedy had it crashed into a residential area. The chopper, however, caught fire and two of the military men were killed, the other two suffered minor burns.

    The aircraft was lending support to an operation by 120 Military Police's Men trying to end the conflict between the drug traffickers.

    Brazil's Justice Minister, Tarso Genro. called Rio governor, Sérgio Cabral, and offered to send national troops to help Rio de Janeiro face the wave of violence. Cabral, however, refused any help, according to the minister.

    The Justice minister reminded reporters that other violent confrontations between drug lords and the police are bound to happen in Rio and sent a message to the International Olympic Committee, which chose Rio to host the 2016 Olympic Games and the FIFA (International Federation of Football Association): these actions shouldn't worry the promoters of the Olympics or the World Cup, in 2014. Everything is under control, he assured.

    The governor told the minister that Rio has enough people and equipment in both its forces, the military and the civilian police. The problem he said is not numbers but the need to give continuity to  preventive actions to face crime and violence. 

    "When they chose Rio, they already knew the work that has been going on in the area of prevention and that will continue, because we are catching up to the state's omission in the last decades on security matters," remarked Tarso. In the coming years, programs being executed now, guarantees the minister, will offer better security to Rio  and to all visitors coming for the soccer's World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics two years later.

    Rio's Public Security secretary, José Mariano Beltrame, said that only one person was arrested, seven were hurt and "ten criminals" were killed in a showdown with the Rio de Janeiro police on Saturday. He revealed that the authorities seized ten assault rifles and a carbine. He also announced that 2,000 policemen are at the ready to prevent new attacks by the drug traffickers.

    Reports by the favela's residents indicate that the confrontation between the two gangs started Saturday about 1:30 am and continued during the morning.

    Authorities say that Morro dos Macacos is considered territory of the Amigo dos Amigos (Friend of Friends) (ADA) gang. The invaders belonged to the criminal gang known as Comando Vermelho (Red Command). The police believe that the invasion was carried out by gang members from three different favelas: Complexo do Alemão, Manguinhos and Jacarezinho. The criminals were brought in a big truck, which was abandoned in a close-by street.

    In order to prevent the police from entering the favela, residents of Morro dos Macacos set some tires afire. Another group failed in its attempt to invade the local jail to lynch inmates that they believed belonged to the gang that invaded their shantytown.

    At least ten buses, a car, a gas warehouse and two rooms of a municipal school were burned in the vicinity of Favela do Jacaré (Alligator Slum) by the drug traffickers, apparently in an effort to delay police action against the invasion.


    The forced landing of the burned helicopter occurred in Sampaio's Olympic Village, 5 kms (3 miles) from Morro dos Macacos. A resident reported what happened:

    "We heard the helicopter's noise, then the sound of the impact against the ground, followed by an explosion. The policemen who survived the crash jumped from the chopper before it touched the ground. A military police left in his underwear with his body alighted." Traffickers tried to prevent the rescue efforts shooting at the police and others trying to reach the helicopter.

    When the Fire Department was called they informed that unfortunately they would not be able to help because the call was coming from a "risk area" and they could not risk their men's life. It took more than 50 minutes before an ambulance and a police car reached the accident's area. Two other helicopters that were summoned to help were also targeted by the drug lords bullets, but the shots missed the choppers.

    Captain Marcelo Vaz, the pilot of the helicopter that exploded was being called a hero. Daniele Santos, 20 , who was at home with her children, saw when the helicopter fell down: "If the chopper had crashed inside the community it would have been a tragedy. This pilot is a hero. He threw the helicopter to the side, because he could not possibly land it."

    Dozens of residents of Morro dos Macacos have abandoned their house, at least for the weekend. Some carried their possessions in a backpack, others didn't take anything but the clothes they were wearing. They were too scared to stay.

    "We can't live like that," said a maid who wouldn't give her name. "We are leaving only with our clothes. I was born here and this was the worst invasion that we've ever suffered. I had to have a sedative, I was crying and begging for mercy." She left with 12 other family members.

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    • ch.c.

      Hmmmmmm
      😉

      In Rio or Brazil INJUSTICE wil be responded by….INJUSTICE !

      Brazil will never ever ever ever be at peace until more social and wealth EQUALITY will dominate !

      Thinking otherwise is an utopia and heresy !

      Brazil is ranked
      1) as one if not the one country on Earth with the Highest Social & Wealth INEQUALITY
      2) with one of the World Highest crime rate.

      THESE 2 POINTS ARE CLOSELY LINKED AND NO ONE BE IT ROBBING HOOK, GOD OR JESUS….wont ever change that !
      Not even the BOPE !

      What has brazil done against the DEATHS SQUADS !
      NOTHING !
      Who is behind these gangs ?
      BRAZILIANS policemen…doing some cleaning….after their regular working hours !
      In the cleaning…..innocents children…even if they are petty thefts…..are MURDERED !
      Is it normal that CHILDREN petty thefts are MURDERED and your politicians grand thefts ….GET IMPUNITY ?
      Is it normal that thousands and thousands and thousands of children petty thefts are sent in jail for months and months and grands thefts politicians stay in…THEIR OFFICES ?

      YESSSSS…….NORMAL….IN BRAZIL !
      It is somewhat astounding that in Brazil 50 % of the youths deaths, aged 15/24, die from Violent Deaths !

      And finally, to my apparent comments “I trusted one in the past, my ex-boyfriend, and I will never make the same mistake again !!!!”

      As said by someone….this is pure cowardice from a brazilian junkie and imposter !
      Proof that…..never ever trust a brazilian…once more !
      I bet this imposter LOVES the Brazilian Trannies. So that he is 10000 % sure to be hetero…not gay ! Hmmmmm !

      😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉

    • Bo

      Concerned Blogger
      I don’t know if ch.c. has an ex-boyfriend, boyfriend or just a gay affair… I don’t know him.. and for what I gather here no one knows no one personally.. ALL , I know is that ch.c said he has an ex brazilian boyfriend who made him pretty pissed off with all brazilians in the world..

    • Concerned Blogger

      Bo
      [quote]Concerned Blogger
      written by Bo, October 19, 2009

      Cowardice is what you are trying to do here, trying to stop people from expressing their opinions just because they disagree with you….

      Take your concerns somewhere else.. not here [/quote]

      Trying to stop imposters.
      ch.c doesn’t have an ex-boyfriend and you are intelligent enough to know that.

    • Phillip L Thoreson

      First stop all phone calls from the prisions where the leaders live

      I had never heard of prisons where inmates had free use of cell phones, prostitutes, drugs and even a small department store in one prison, with TV sets and other contraband, until I lived in Brasil. The prisons are where the favela gangs receive orders from ,their jailed leaders have no problem communicating on a minute to minute basis. This is absurd!

      The Brasilian prison system needs a complete and total house cleaning. That would help solve some of the favela gang wars.

    • Bo

      Concerned Blogger
      Cowardice is what you are trying to do here, trying to stop people from expressing their opinions just because they disagree with you….

      Take your concerns somewhere else.. not here

    • Tamal

      I dont understand how can a olympic games can take place where there is such a violent crime persists. International Olympic committee should cancel Rio and should pick some other safer city. Brazilian government are unable to contain this criminals, how should they provide security to the international tourist coming to the city during the games.

    • Concerned Blogger

      Not this again.
      [quote]Liars
      written by ch.c., October 18, 2009
      So here we have: They said everything is under control for the Olympics … Liars! Brazilians shouldn’t be trusted… I trusted one in the past, my ex-boyfriend, and I will never make the same mistake again !!!![/quote]

      [quote]ch.c.
      written by Bo, October 18, 2009
      Maybe you should get back to the gay sauna and find yourself another man but with a different passport…[/quote]

      This is pure cowardice and hopefully Brazzil Magazine take immediate action to stop this.

    • Bo

      ch.c.
      Maybe you should get back to the gay sauna and find yourself another man but with a different passport…

    • ch.c.

      Liars
      So here we have: They said everything is under control for the Olympics … Liars! Brazilians shouldn’t be trusted… I trusted one in the past, my ex-boyfriend, and I will never make the same mistake again !!!!

    • Bo

      Forrest Allen Brown
      [quote]long way to go rio in 4 or 6 years , could be a blodie mess later on[/quote]

      I’ve been trying to figure out what you write here… unfortunately, I’m not an expert in Egyptian Hieroglyphics…I guess you mean bloody mess?

      I don’t think we should pay attention to the opinions from someone so ignorant… learn how to write first then, it’ll be easier for us to try to understand your baseless arguments

    • Forrest Allen Brown

      no control over the favelas
      the military is a broad soward that leaves many people with out or dead . but it is quicker .

      First stop all phone calls from the prisions where the leaders live , inact laws if you commit a crime witha gun it is a manadtory
      10 years in jail no court case just your fingerprints on a gun is enough .
      send them to the Amazon where they loose all contact with the RIO crime .

      surond the favelas one at a time do a house by house search with dogs and a over whelming force of military and ploice .
      the ones that are tired of living with crime will help all others are guilty of something .

      BUT the absulte first thing is the people have to trust the police , the justice department , and there own government

      long way to go rio in 4 or 6 years , could be a blodie mess later on

    • Phillip L Thoreson

      “If Rio has the resources go after the dealers, take them down, the Rio way.”

      The “Rio way” is to shoot first, and never ask questions. Unfortunately, who you shoot isn’t always who should be shot and the stray bullets flying through these densly populated neighborhoods often hit young children and kill many innocents each year, some a mile or more away from the favelas.

      I myself do not understand the refusal of federal aid. But, things are being done. There does appear to be a plan, and that is to take one favela at a time and leave behind a force of “pacificadores” to help assure the gangs do not return. This is a much better strategy then the hit and run methods used in the past, but so far all it has accomplished is to cause the gangs to move from one favela to another and even form alliances with each other. Those whose drug selling operations have been disrupted turn to stealing cars and motorcycles and practicing armed robberies.

      The problem is not being resolved, it is merely being moved and concentrated. In the past, the problem grew with help from corrupt police, who actually supplied guns and drugs to these gangs. Some of this no doubt still goes on. With federal assistance perhaps more favelas might be placed under non-corrupt law enforcement control. But, it is not an easy task, these gangs have had over 30 years to entrench themselves and arm themselves. They have weapons capable of taking down aircraft and piercing armoured vehicles. They have trained themselves in close quarters urban warfare, and are very good at it. Some have even been trained by ex-military.

      Ultimately, once the police move the gangs out of a favela, the residents will have to help keep the criminals out, the police cannot babysit every block in every favela 24/7. Residents must draw a line, demand respect for their neighborhoods and residents, and take action against open drug use and sales, weapons, and even the graffiti which is a clear sign of disrespect and gang presence. They must raise their own children and not expect someone else to do that for them. That requires more education and support. It will not happen overnight. It will take at least a generation, definitely not by 2014 or 2016.

    • JAY GLENN

      10 dead criminalsˢ۪ works for me.
      In the states the police would have arrested them, only to set them free later, or be recidivists from a prison system that taught them even better ways to deal drugs.
      None of those 10 will ever sell drugs again, good work.
      Itˢ۪s cost effective and works.
      Now is the time for the all out war, take all of them down, the Rio way.
      If Rio has the resources go after the dealers, take them down, the Rio way.

    • Bo

      Huh?
      [quote]The Justice minister reminded reporters that other violent confrontations between drug lords and the police are bound to happen in Rio and sent a message to the International Olympic Committee, which chose Rio to host the 2016 Olympic Games and the FIFA (International Federation of Football Association): these actions shouldn’t worry the promoters of the Olympics or the World Cup, in 2014. [b]Everything is under control[/b], he assured.[/quote]

      “….everything is under control”, said the liar.

      😀

    • jakob

      I can’t understand this
      This favela problem keeps festering and festering and festering. And destroying the city within. Yet, nobody in Rio is doing anything. This has always been a puzzle for me.

      I say, it’s better to have an extremely bloody but short war (thus solving this favela problem once and for all, all they way from Jacarepagua to Zona Norte), than to have this low-level but mentally excruciating conflict dragging on forever.

      All the businesses that matter have already run away from Rio anyway.

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