Rio, Brazil’s Most Violent City, Calls Army to the Rescue

    Brazilian Army in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Brazilian Army in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Brazilian Governor Sergio Cabral Filho has formally requested that Brazil's army intervene to contain the violence that has been spiraling out of control in the southeastern state of Rio de Janeiro.

    Cabral made the request as President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva visited the city. Offers of federal troops to help quell the violence were rejected under the previous governor, who was replaced January 1st.

    "There are 6,000 marines who could be helping out. I'm not going to spend four years at the funerals of police and civilians. The people are in a state of panic, it's time to join forces," Cabral said. The governor has just attended one of these funerals for his family's chief of security who was murdered.

    The crime-plagued city earlier requested federal help after gang members attacked police stations and burned buses in late December. Some 19 people died in the street violence, including eight who were incinerated in a bus after criminals robbed passengers and set it ablaze.

    Rio de Janeiro is Brazil's most violent city with an annual homicide rate of 50 per 100,000 people. While the violence is usually confined to poor shantytowns, some of the crime in December spilled into well-heeled beach districts frequented by tourists.

    Silva responded to those attacks in January by sending the nation's elite National Public Security Force to reinforce police and pledging $183 million to ensure safety during the Pan American Games.

    Silva planned to meet with army officials later this week about the operation. Rio is scheduled to host the Pan American Games in July.

    Cabral's predecessor as governor of Rio de Janeiro state, Rosinha Matheus, repeatedly rejected federal offers of troops unless they were under her command.

    Silva said justice and defense ministers would meet with the governor and public security secretary to map out what areas should be occupied.

    "All this so the army doesn't clash with the police," Silva told reporters during a visit at Rio de Janeiro.

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    • Phil

      I couldn’t agree more with XAVASKA
      XAVASKA, totally agree with you. Brazil is a great country, one of the emergent economies in the world, living with tons of social problems as every big country (US, China, India) does.
      I have nothing against Switzerland but personally I think that it is a “fake” country, never decided what to do, being “neutral” in the 2nd WW but keeping all the nazi gold in their banks. Switzerland is just a country made of good marketing and lots of dirty money.

    • XAVASKA

      CH.C loves Brazil
      Well to spend so much time talking trash about Brazil… yes you gota love it. I live in Rio and nothing bad happened to me during all this chaos that you are talking about. What is Switzerland? People say its a perfect country. Im being honnest. OK i dont need to. you must know that. What happens in Switzerland? Nothing Its so calm down there that make people go crazy and kill themselves! Great news in Switzerland must be when theres is a new kind of ice cream in the local market or when Federer wins another tennis title… Switzerland economy? Chocolate, cheese yum yum! Secured banks for the worldwide biggest motherfuckin criminals. YESSSSS! Do you know that Brazil for example Brazil has the 9th larget economy in the world? Brazil is a huge country and is not becuse Rio is living a bad time that the entire country would live too! You can find cities in Brazil with low level crimes good schools decent pay check just as good as every single good european city. Now tell me what would the media do with this great information? The answer is: Nothing! People wanna know about crimes violence or SEX and thats what you are gonna keep watching on your daily news. We are about see a freat change here and the facts I told you above are the best signs of this changing. Wait for the next 10 years. Im not being optimistic Im being realistic. We are doing great for a Nation that lost 40years with the military dictatorship.

    • AES

      Enough is enough
      If there is no law there is anarchy. Let their be force by Law. Not force by fear.

    • George Harrigton

      CH.C is a frustrated brazilian
      This guy has spent hours searching bad news about Brazil, writing topics on here and all we can see is that he pretends to know a lot about Brazil. It sounds very strange.

    • Ric

      RIO BABYLONIA
      In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
      A stately pleasure-dome decree;
      Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
      Through caverns measureless to man,
      Down to a sunless sea.

    • CH.C.

      CONTINUED—FOR MAKS !!!!!
      Ohhhh….and if our country is so dirty, why are the foreign wealthy people in this world, some chosing to reside here, some having their second residence here, and many sending their children for schooling here ?
      Looks like the wealthy LOVE DIRTY COUNTRIES…SUCH AS SWITZERLAND !
      Even some of the Ultra wealthy Brazilians such as many members of the SAFRA FAMILY, and Lemann ….owner of INBEV !!!!!
      Strange…isnt it ???????
      Looks like they have a different opinion than yours !!!!!!

      And millions and millions of tourists will also say the same. Our Liliputian country has around twice as much tourism revenues than the WHOLE OF BRAZIL !!!!!!!!! Better yet….they are repeated visitors….contrary to visitors….in Brazil !!!!!!
      AND WE DONT EVEN HAVE A NICE CLIMATE OR 1 INCH OF SEA/OCEAN BEACHES !!!!!!!!!

      Thus again……LAUGH….LAUGH…LAUGH !!!!!!

    • CH.C.

      To Marks !
      I Know I know :
      – Our cheese is so bad that we are exporting it to tens and tens of countries around the world !
      Looks like millions and millions of people dont have the same taste….as you…..JUNKIE !!!!
      Especially knowing our cheese is on the expensive side….not the cheap side as Brazilian cheese !

      – Our country is so dirty that we are ranked as one of the cleanest country in the world !
      Sorry for you …..JUNKIE !

      – As to my critics to Brazil securty and violence……I SHOULD NOT BE THAT WRONG :
      here is a today’s news published all over the world medias :

      “BRASILIA, Brazil – Police arrested 15 people on Thursday, including police officers and businessmen, suspected of participating in a death squad operation that has killed hundreds of people in northeast Brazil.
      Gunmen based in Caruaru city in Pernambuco state assassinated three or four people a week on average, or around 200 victims a year, federal police said in a statement.
      The vigilante operation had been operating for as long as five years, according to a spokesman for Pernambuco’s public security secretary.
      The killers charged from $500 to $2,500 per murder.
      À¢€˜A blemish on our imageÀ¢€™
      Hiring gunmen to carry out vigilante justice or to settle scores is a common practice in Brazil’s cities and countryside, where laws often are not enforced due to understaffed or corrupt police forces.
      “Unfortunately, these extermination groups exist all over Brazil. They reflect the lack of state presence and are a blemish on our image,” said Marcos Antonio da Silva Costa, a federal public prosecutor in Pernambuco.
      Amnesty International and other human rights groups have regularly denounced death squad activity and police brutality in Brazil and have accused the authorities and the judiciary of not acting firmly enough to halt it.
      “This crackdown is a step forward. The question is whether it will continue or was just a one-off show of force by an incoming state government,” Costa told Reuters by telephone.
      The suspects in the Pernambuco group will be charged with homicide as well as drug- and gun-trafficking, the police statement said.
      The statement also said that policemen suspected of involvement routinely eliminated evidence at crime scenes.
      A public prosecutor in Pernambuco state has been denouncing a similar “extermination group” for years and receives regular death threats as a result.
      Brazil is the fourth-most violent country in the world, with around 30 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants each year, according to the Organization of Ibero-American States.
      Dozens of high-profile killings over the past year have caused public outrage and increased pressure on President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to get tough on crime.”

      My comments :
      – yessssssss Brazil is ranked as the 4th world most violent country !!!!! Not my rankings…if you can read….!!!!!
      – Brazil is on the way to have another gold medal in the not too distant future, the way crime rates increases….year after year !!!!!!!
      4TH now, first shortly !!!!!

      Ohhhh Marks……stupid question….what can be said as positive…..when Brazil is ranked so miserably….in so many rankings ????????
      Please stimulate your imagination…and invent some compliments that could be written FOR BRAZIL !!!!!!!!
      Doing business where you are ranked 122 out of 175 countries…for example !
      Within the last 10 countries…..for Wealth Inequality…..for example !
      0,50 Reais per day….to have 3 decent meals…..as per Lula and his Bolsda Familia…for another example !
      Freeing slaves regularly…but not indict those guilty…..for example !
      The Brazilian known corruptions….for example !

      I could continue….for hours !!!!!!!

      And second stupid question…..WHAT IS THE RELATION BETWEEN SYRINGES, borders, cheese, toiletsTHAT YOU ARE REFERRING TO….has to DO WITH CRIMES, VIOLENCE AND SECURITTY ??????????
      I BET YOU ARE BRAZILIAN !!!!!! laugh….laugh….laugh

      OHHHHH AND JUST FOR YOUR OWN EDUCATION, WE ARE JUST APPLYING THE SHENGEN AGREEMENT CONCERNING YOUR BORDER QUESTION !!!!!! May be you should get informed about that agreement before saying things….you the junkie, know nothing about !!!!!!!

      I know I know….applying the laws, even the Brazilian ones, is not something you do frequently….in Brazil !

      Enjoy your )(/(&/%Àƒ§ COUNTRY !

      And yesssss I have been positive and still is…for China and Asia in general, for some LATAM countries too such as Chile and Argentina…and as you have seen certainly not for Brazil ! Thus far I am not been that wrong. Just look at how you lagged, lag and will continue to lag the countries I just mentionned.
      Laugh….laugh….laugh…..

    • Maks

      Switzerland
      In Lausanne, they have disposal boxes for used syringes in the public toilets…some of the nastiest public toilets I’ve ever seen.
      Upon arrival in Geneva, most foreigners don’t even have their passports stamped…then they can travel all over Europe via train, without any questions being asked.
      The chocolate and cheese are the best in the world. Only the chocolate is cheap though. Just about everything else is expensive.

      Now, ch.c, it seems that your profession is criticism; have you ever though about being helpful? I’m guessing you’re either in some sort of Media based job, or you’re just really bitter.
      Don’t you have anything better to do? Just how many countries (outside of Europe and first world countries) have you been to?
      What is your scale of comparison? Have you ever studied the history of the Brazilian people, or tried to understand why things are the way they are?
      Have you ever been positive about anything?

    • Forrest Allen Brown

      with a little help from my friends
      Sword of the military is very large , it could pick up some bad cops and politicans also , it will make the gangs very angry at some point.
      so they must be careful as it could become a pissing contest on who is in control of RIO
      the goverment , the military , the drug gangs ???
      and in the middle the piviot point the civilians .
      can any one say middle east in brazil

    • bo

      [quote]News Where?
      written by Simpleton, 2007-04-13 03:00:14

      First, stfu chucky cheese head. An article written by “Newsroom” is about as impressive a peice of “journalism” as the world has been just dying to see and read. Just spent 2.5 weeks in Rio (after carnivores) and didn’t see the military presence even once (excluding of course usual MP presence here and there and on Linha Vermillho during the safe hours). The Cidade Marvelhousa was more or less deader than a door knob compared to “high season”. When was the last hijacked bus load of Japonesa? When was the last PT student stabbed on Copacabana beach at 9/10 am in the morning? (I know when as I was one of the first to see the body). Sure there’s been a few rico’s (and undoubtedly dirty ones at that) that have been popped for some reason or targeted for cleaning out the house (also with advanced planning like the Japonesa tour bus group) but do you think making all the danger danger remarks are warranted? How many tourists were on the inter-state bus that got torched? There are a very few and limited instructions that can be given to the touristas to insure they don’t just plain do stupid things and thus leave themselves with not much more risk than that of petty theft. Same sh happens in NYC.[/quote]

      Come on now simpleton, are you going to try and compare Rio, one of the worlds most dangerous cities, to NYC, one of the worlds safest large cities?

    • Simpleton

      News Where?
      First, stfu chucky cheese head. An article written by “Newsroom” is about as impressive a peice of “journalism” as the world has been just dying to see and read. Just spent 2.5 weeks in Rio (after carnivores) and didn’t see the military presence even once (excluding of course usual MP presence here and there and on Linha Vermillho during the safe hours). The Cidade Marvelhousa was more or less deader than a door knob compared to “high season”. When was the last hijacked bus load of Japonesa? When was the last PT student stabbed on Copacabana beach at 9/10 am in the morning? (I know when as I was one of the first to see the body). Sure there’s been a few rico’s (and undoubtedly dirty ones at that) that have been popped for some reason or targeted for cleaning out the house (also with advanced planning like the Japonesa tour bus group) but do you think making all the danger danger remarks are warranted? How many tourists were on the inter-state bus that got torched? There are a very few and limited instructions that can be given to the touristas to insure they don’t just plain do stupid things and thus leave themselves with not much more risk than that of petty theft. Same sh happens in NYC.

    • ch.c.

      Laugh….laugh….laugh !!!!!!!
      Read well the following :
      – In January…..Lula sent the army in Rio for the security of the PAN AMERICAN GAMES……DUE IN JULY !!!!!!!

      Laugh…..laugh….laugh !

      – IF YOU READ THE NEWS OF A FEW MONTHS AGO, Rio Governor already asked the army help for the security of the city after the various chaos. Lula accepted the army deployment…for the city security …..FORGETTING ON PURPOSE TO MENTION….IT WOULD BE FOR THE
      CARNAVAL AND PAN GAMES…..ONLY !!!!!!!

      laugh….laugh….laugh !

      – And thus now, in an apparent original request, Rio Governor is AGAIN requesting the help of the army !!!!!!!!
      Help “again” accepted of course by Lula the liar and the cheater !

      Laugh….laugh…laugh !

      Simple demonstration that not only Lula but also the Rio Governor are lying !
      Simple demonstration that both DONT CARE about the Brazilians citizens, but care more about the image of the country outside Brazil, and that the city security is important only when there are a lot of foreigners arriving for an event !!!!!!!

      funny too that that the Rio Tourism dept chief said that Rio is as safe as any large city in the world ! Except he failed to mention what city large or small outside Brazil needs the army help for its security !!!!!!!

      Yessssss……Brazilians are just cheaters and liars. They hide the reality…..until they cant hide it any longer !!!!!!

      Even in sub saharan countries…there is not so much crimes and are much less risky than Brazil !!!!!!

      Brazil is in astate of anarchy as I wrote many times. And believing you will reduce crimes, without reducing Wealth Inequality for which
      Brazil is one the world worst, IS SIMPLY AN HERESY !!!!!!! Yesssssssss….poors seing so much wealth for a few and nothing for them will continue their crimes on a growing scale.
      They simply have nothing to lose anyway….and have a good chance not to be arrested anyway !!!!!
      Their conclusion is simply : RISK IS WORTH THE REWARD…OTHERWISE THEY GET NOTHING WITH NOT LESS RISK !

      Has Brazil not condemned a 19 years old girl to 4 years in jail……because she has stolen a….tube of butter ??????
      YESSSSSSS…..YOU DID !
      And has Brazil not given impunity to thousands and thousands of KNOWN criminals ???????? y
      Yessssss….you did !

      NOW THE POORS ARE TELLING YOU THAT YOU WILL GET THE JUSTICE OF YOUR INJUSTICE !!!!!
      YOU CAN ARREST AND/OR KILL 2000 OF THEM, 20’000 more will REPLACE the 2000 !!!!

      They want their share of the country wealth, and wether you like ot not they will take it !!!!!

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