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Brazil’s Supreme Justice Wants Army in Rio to Clean Favelas for Olympics

Brazilian police in Rio favela Former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso's party, the PSDB (Party of the Brazilian Social Democracy), Brazil's main opposition party, is demanding that Brazilian president Luiz InΓ‘cio Lula da Silva take the lead in combating the wave of violence rocking Rio de Janeiro, which has left at least 35 killed in shootings with the drugs' gangs that even downed a police helicopter, killing three policemen.

"The government's security policy is a joke; what's the use of sending another helicopter." which was shot down last Saturday in Rio's shantytowns (favelas) said JosΓ© Anibal, head of the powerful Social-democrats block in the Lower House.

The helicopter was gunned and crash landed, killing three police sharp shooters, only two kilometers (a little over one mile) away from the MaracanΓ£ stadium where the main competitions of the 2016 Olympics are scheduled to take place.

President Lula promised funds and a new armored helicopter so the Rio police can continue with its deployments in the high risk areas of the city.

Anibal argued that the role of the federal government is not supplying arms and funds but rather taking the lead on combating drug related crime, which is rampant and apparently out of control in Brazil's most famous city for its beaches and Carnaval festivities.

Justice Minister Tarso Genro has been summoned to Congress to inform what is happening in Rio do Janeiro and the government's plans to address the situation.

Meantime the president of the Federal Supreme Tribunal Gilmar Mendez reiterated that it was imperative to send the Armed Forces to help combat crime and lawlessness.

"The Federal Police and eventually the Armed Forces must articulate and act" against the organized gangs of drug dealers that dominate Rio communities and terrorize the good law abiding citizens, said the country's top judge.

The participation of the Armed Forces in internal security affairs is specifically banned under Brazilian legislation, however under "exceptional circumstances" they can be ordered to take action.

Thousands of police and special forces have been sent to the favelas where the gang shootings took place over the weekend. Police are determined to find those responsible for shooting down the helicopter and recovering the weapons used in the attack.

Most high caliber guns and short range rockets are smuggled into Brazil from neighboring Paraguay and Bolivia.

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  • observer

    Juan,

    What the hell would you call the May 2006 gang attacks on Sao Paulo?????,….. some would call it narco-terrorism..you must have been out of the country right?

  • Arnold

    The reality is
    First of all, I’m American

    The reality is that we have American kids on this site. Little kids who come here and say the US cannot be compared to Brazil, because Brazil is hell on Earth and the US is paradise, these American kids here live in rich houses and watch cartoons every day…

    The reality in many places here in America can be easily compared to Brazil’s

  • Juan

    ..
    I think I would feel safer on a plane full of terrorists (because they wouldn’t carry guns and at least i would have some chance of survival) than in an American college with phsyco American students..

    At least, students in America (no matter what course they study) they would certainly make good soldiers

  • Juan


    [quote]Juan, it seems the only buildings exploding in Brazil are the jailhouses and prisons[/quote]

    WOW, Have you ever seen to the jailhouses in New Mexico??? Just take some time to watch some TV because you live in another planet..

    Innocent people die by the thousands at the same SECOND in America by World Trade Centers falling down, anthrax letters (and other terrorist attacks) and suicidal students..

    Favelas in Brazil have guns yes.. but in America it’s the schools and colleges where they keep them
    .. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  • observer

    Juan, it seems the only buildings exploding in Brazil are the jailhouses and prisons πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  • Juan

    Travelr
    It’s so funny you say Brazil cannot be compared to the USA..

    Yes, Brazil has gangs and they control major cities.

    HOWEVER,

    Brazilian people do not live with fear of cities being blown up by terrorists.

    Brazil doesn’t have skyscrapers being knocked down by terrorists that learn how to fly planes in American colleges. Brazilian skyscrapers are pretty safe..

    University students in Brazil do not learn how to use guns on their classmates πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  • Travelr

    What’s the comparison?
    To compare Brazil to the U.S. is just way out there. Yes, we do have drug gangs and motorcycle gangs in the States, but they do not control large parts of our major cities, nor do they shoot down police helicopters. They do not employ young children to run their drugs, nor do they pimp 10 year old girls to politicians and businessmen. Yes, the U.S. has more than it’s share of problems, but in no way do they compare with the problems I experience in Brazil. The politicians and the aristocracy in Brazil are too stupid and short sighted to understand they will never build a world power unless they educate their masses as China and India have done, and allow the people to experience some of rewards from their effort. This is the only way they will ever be able to create incentive in the citizenry. In the house I live in, there is a 15 year old girl who attends school maybe 15 hours per week, because the public schools here aren’t worth going to, and this girl isn’t the exception, she’s the rule. Everyone I know who can possibly afford to send their child to a private school in Brazil does so. The public schools do not prepare the students for a higher education, because the government and the aristocracy do not want them educated. Education does not create jobs, educated people do ! ! !

  • João da Silva

    An interesting article with full of [i][b]distortions[/b][/i]. I liked the comments of Ms.Brown and e-harmony and I am not sure if the regular bloggers like Double-Dot, Bo , ch.c and other impostors caught on to the crux of the message Brown & Harmony were trying to convey. The basic message of theirs is that the middle class, educated and hard working Brasilians are being are being considered as clowns by the ruling elite in all branches of power. Especially touching is the comment of Mrs.Brown:

    [quote]Sadly the inastructure seems totally non excitant in all areas of everything and just to get a basic education the upper 20% seem content to pay extreme taxes and happily pay again for health, education etc… one day I do hope that they will rebel and have the guts to stand up for themselves as these poor Brasilians through no fault of their own are becomeing a laughing stock for putting up with it.[/quote]

    Yes lady, we are becoming more and more gutless and submissive. However, you are [i][b]just [/b][/i] critical of the current occupant of the “Planalto” and haven’t said a word about his predecessors. Probably you were too young to remember the history. However, thank you very much for defending the “voiceless”.

    Look forward to reading more of your comments in this respect or a nice article from you. Never mind the criticisms of others, most of whom are probably [i][b]not [/b][/i] Brasilians . Let me assure you that we Southerners appreciate the German culture and indeed have several German Brasilians who have contributed to the development of our country. One famous personality I would like to cite is our Ex-President Ernest Geisel . Though his successor President Figueiredo was not a German Brasilian, he was also another great visionary. What I want to say by mentioning these two names is that we are also a multicultural society.

    Danke und auf wiedersen

  • ch.c.

    Idiots
    It’s such a shame that Brazzilmag doesn’t do anything about you all writing nonsense here!

    We should write about Robing Hook and unfaithful Brazilian men

  • Bo

    This is getting so funny
    Double-Dot is a stupid f_cking moron, we all know that, but he’s funny πŸ˜‰

  • Bo

    “You are a Kraut…..
    and your husband is a Limey….”

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

    That’s why I keep coming back!!!

    πŸ˜‰

  • Double-Dot

    [quote]Double-Dot, the real Double-Dot, died a few months ago from acute prostate cancer and no longer posts comments on here. [/quote]

    Wrong. I did die,BUT…BUT. found the grave to be too cold and uncomfortable.So I decided to resurrect and give ya all company.

    God bless U.S. of A and I don’t want any one to question my authority. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

    P.S: This special message is addressed to Krauts,Limeys, Pollacks, Eyetalians, Ruskies and other similar kind.

  • John Lennon

    Double-Dot
    [quote]If you are not a Limey, you must be a f**king intelligent American. [/quote]

    Bingo πŸ˜‰

    [quote]You don’t have to apologize for being an American, John[/quote]

    That will never happen.

    [quote]But what did you expect out of a Kraut married to a Limey?[/quote]

    A brain

    [quote]You know that we the Americans are very polite to foreign ladies.[/quote]

    No need for the reminder

    [quote]Do you think that I need to apologize to her for my harsh words?[/quote]

    You kidding? Apologize for educating people?

    As you know, America is such a multi cultural country that we understand other countries better than they understand themselves. Take this girl as an example here: she’s so clueless about her own culture, her own passport that I felt that I had to do something. I’m sure she leaned a lot from us about German history. She should be thanking us.

  • Double-Dot

    [quote]John Lennon is just a random nickname[/quote]

    John, I don’t care whether your last name is Lennon,Lemon, Apple or any other fancy name. If you are not a Limey, you must be a fucking intelligent American. You don’t have to apologize for being an American, John.

    [quote]I just didn’t want to be too harsh on this poor out-of-sync girl [/quote]

    Nor did I. But what do you expect out of a Kraut married to a Limey? You know that we the Americans are very polite to foreign ladies. Do you think that I need to apologize to her for my harsh words? If you say so, I will certainly do it.

    God bless America as well as our Brazilian allies.

  • e harmony

    Mrs., Brown the world is not “lost at the pantomine that is unfolding” in Brazil and Rio de Janeiro more specifically. Certainly the world is covering the tragedy and awing dare of the Rio drug gangs. But I would not exaggerate the impact of world readers and audiences for world news. Or maybe I’m just speaking for the United States and my little branch of the U.S. People here have their own lives and community violence to worry about – granted nothing as spectacular as what Rio puts out – but their own nonetheless. Federal and city authorities just arrested 41 members of two rival gangs (Gangster Disciples and Vice Lords) in Racine, Wisconsin, bring indictments on all of them. They are charged with 200 acts of violence including homicides. The United States Government has failed to stem these organizations growth or deeply impact their persuasion on local areas. And the U.S. Government has deep pockets, excellent infrastructure, and enormous law enforcement resources. So, given the challenges to the governments of Rio and Brazil, it should be no surprise the heavily armed, and traditionally isolated (within favelas), narco gangs of Rio and Brazil can present themselves as such admirable, capable, foes to Brazilian law enforcement as they do.

    Education is always one variable to improving a society or a specific community. I don’t disagree with you there. But it is one variable. An equation can have more than one variable as well as more than one constant. And Germany was the most educated country on earth when the Nazi’s rose to power. Violence and immorality still took over. The fall of the Soviet Union and all the unemployed scientists, engineers, economist and so forth in Russia, that became violent mafioso, also undermines your suggestion implied and explicit, that improved access to education in Brazil will eradicate crime, violence, prejudice, and essentially bring incredible numbers of jobs to Brazil.

    Educational attainment – per the mean in a city and country – can [b]attract[/b] industry, jobs, and in some instances create them. However, it does not essentially [b]make[/b] jobs appear.

    Unlike some La Cosa Nostra leaders that have had bachelor or graduate degrees, Rio narco gangs I suspect, are largely lead by undereducated thugs. Aside from the rare brilliant man or woman that has never finished primary or secondary schooling, its usually higher education that polishes off and improves if not produces better leadership. And my worry is that the narco gangs of Rio may be disenfranchised young men (mainly brown and black) that fail to realize violence is not always the best means or alternative to upward mobility or accessing contracts etc. They may be to ignorant to comprehend what their admirable leader – President Lula – is trying to do for their country (and within a capitalist world, in some indirect measure, for them also).

    An intelligent thing for the gangs leaderships to do, is to negotiate with civil authority for jobs or even various federally, or locally funded contracts (e.g., community facilities for kids, construction jobs). This has a long tradition in the United States. Black P. Stone Rangers and Black Gangster Disciples received millions in federal funds back in the 1970’s, and even shook hands with the U.S. Congress. In my own city, one of the former mayors and a former Chief of Police arranged a community meeting to negotiate with a violent group of Vice Lords that had their neighborhood intimidated (although this Police Chief and Mayor have taken to combining with federal law enforcement to launching large scale raids and indictments city wide) Negotiations are also tradition in Brazil. In fact I don’t think Brazilian authorities have much choice but to offer negotiations. And the narco gangs would be foolish not to consider negotiations.

  • ch.c.

    Gringo in Brazil
    [quote]Most Americans I have met are decent intelligent people and hopefully you are no different in the real world. [/quote]

    AHAH Laugh, Laugh.. The only stupid here is you to think all people are the same !

  • GRINGO

    Never mind the yanks
    The US is on the eve of a civil war, brought out by useless naive partisan politics and rabid racism. Forget what they have to say. One bullet is going to change everything in the morass of self indulgent vapid idiocy in the coming years if not sooner. Let these idiots thrash it out amongst themselves for a while instead of invading meek nations for oil. As for the Army in the favelas, HOLY ABOUT TIME BATMAN, why aren’t they there NOW? I guess protecting gringo lives in 2016 is more important that Brazilian lives today. Well, I guess there is another stupid nation competing with the US. FUI!

  • dnbaiacu

    Imposter
    It’s such a shame this person faking my ID is still around! It wasn’t me who posted comments about Double-Dot !!!

    Double-Dot, the real Double-Dot, died a few months ago from acute prostate cancer and no longer posts comments on here. Whoever took his famous ID, it’s just someone without culture and identity! Perhaps the same person who writes comments under my name!

  • John Lennon

    Double-Dot
    Never assume one’s nationality based on their nicknames. I’m NOT a Limey, John Lennon is just a random nickname πŸ˜‰

    You’re right about the Brazilians..

    I just didn’t want to be too harsh on this poor out-of-sync girl

  • Double-Dot

    [quote]I don’t know about her grandparents but mine told me if it wasn’t because of the bravery of many Americans, Canadians, British, plus others, we would be all speaking German and jews would be something we would have to learn in history books under the section: Extinct Species.[/quote]

    John, how can you forget to include our buddies,loyal allies and comrade-in-arms, the Brazilians? Shame on you. Dont ya remember that the Brazilians fought with us the [i][u]Americans[/u][/i] to get rid of that hated Eyetalian dictator Muslimanni to liberate Eytali? Of course, John, you being a Limey would never ever accept the fact we are always ready to save your asses when you guys are in trouble. If not for us, the entire world would be speaking German, Eytalian and Jewish in the 21st century.

    God bless America and President Chavez of Brazil.

  • dnbaiacu


    [quote]Double-dot…

    I’m trying to work out if you’re a WUM (wind-up merchant) trying to have some fun or just an idiot! [/quote]

    He’s both the former and the latter with a touch of “nothing else better to do” πŸ˜‰

  • Gringo in Brazil

    Double-dot…

    I’m trying to work out if you’re a WUM (wind-up merchant) trying to have some fun or just an idiot!

    I’m tending to think the former as I can’t believe that even an American (from a country that isn’t renowned for their grasp of world politics) would be so stupid as to refer to Chavez as the Brazilian president, refer to English as limeys and Germans as krauts. Most Americans I have met are decent intelligent people and hopefully you are no different in the real world.

  • John Lennon

    It is just such a shame her grandparents decided not to tell her the story!
    I don’t know about her grandparents but mine told me if it wasn’t because of the bravery of many Americans, Canadians, British, plus others, we would be all speaking German and jews would be something we would have to learn in history books under the section: Extinct Species.

    That makes me wonder, what young german people learn at school ? I think she should open a not-made-in-germany history book and learn what she clearly missed out before she can discuss about governments

  • Bambu


    [quote]Hmmmmm, Bambu. Probably her grandparents had witnessed worse government than that of Chavez, the clown .[/quote]

    That was my point, her grandparents have, and that was their own government. It is just such a shame her grandparents decided not to tell her the story! That would have spared people from her opinion

  • ch.c

    [quote]You must be a young lady because your parents and/or grandparents would NEVER say they never witnessed such an inadequate government such as Brazil.
    [/quote]

    Hmmmmm, Bambu. Probably her grandparents had witnessed worse government than that of Chavez, the clown .

  • Double-Dot

    That’s right
    Let’s not judge Mr Chavez’ policies. He’s being a good Brazilian President !

    God bless us all, especially America

  • Bambu

    To Chantelle Brown
    How old are you ?

    You must be a young lady because your parents and/or grandparents would NEVER say they never witnessed such an inadequate government such as Brazil.

  • John Lennon

    I totally agree
    [quote]I am German ahve travelled all over the world not just cozy EU and I have never in my entire life witnessed such an inadequate government.[/quote]

    I have travelled all over the world too and the last time I was in Europe, I watched on BBC News the German government’s attempts to apologize for having killed millions of jews, polish, french,English, Americans, etc and for trying to take over the world.

    I believe no government in the world can manage to be as inadequate as the German government was..

  • Double-Dot

    Chantelle Brown
    My beautiful, darling Kraut, have you ever heard of full stops and paragraphs?

    Mr Chavez is doing a good job in Brazil in my opinion, but that can debatable, sure, however Krauts do not have a good history to feel they have the right to judge other governments.

    At least, their inadequate government hasn’t slaughtered any jew, think about that, my dear !

    God will always bless America

  • Chantelle Brown

    I thankyou for taking the time to not read what was written, your democractic views noted and respected. I do not particulary think that the bearing of my routs or loyalties come into my coments at any point just the love of the people who yes I have many ties with the beautifull people of Brasil- However I appreciate and respect taht others see leaders in a different light, amybe you think that he is a true leader thats good yourhave that choice.

  • Double-Dot

    [quote]I am German ahve travelled all over the world not just cozy EU and I have never in my entire life witnessed such an inadequate government. My husband is English[/quote]

    Lets see now. You are a Kraut and your husband is a Limey. You are expressing your opinion on a third country where you do not have roots and therefore I think is inappropriate and unwarranted. On the contrary, we Americans are extremely neutral and consider the Brazilians to be our good buddies and allies. I personally do not have anything against their President Chavez who is charismatic and a born leader. Please refrain from making judgments based on the trash articles you read in The Observer or Der Speigal .BTW, we do not consider Gordon Brown nor Angela Merckel as shining examples of quality leadership. But we would never say it in public. We don’t even want to remember or utter the name of the poodle who preceded Brown.

    God bless America.

  • Chantelle Brown

    Oh do give up Lula
    It is quite obvious to the world that you are academically out of your depth even given your false charisma displayed to the world. I am sure that the people of Brasilare intelligent enough to know that only education solves problems. Sadly the inastructure seems totally non excitant in all areas of everything and just to get a basic education the upper 20% seem content to pay extreme taxes and happily pay again for health, education etc… one day I do hope that they will rebel and have the guts to stand up for themselves as these poor Brasilians through no fault of their own are becomeing a laughing stock for putting up with it. I am German ahve travelled all over the world not just cozy EU and I have never in my entire life witnessed such an inadequate government. My husband is English a country that I believe is the most open democratic country in the world if only a Brazilian who has lived there could take his learnt knowledge and stand for government your countries problems would be soved so easily. I love the Brazilian people you deserve more, you are bordering on a civil war as a country hanging on to the hope that your beatiful countrie is nearly there even convincing yourself of the promise that Brasil is the future. This will never stop without the basics promise history repeats i am afraid. Neither Germany and England were built overnight and problems are still there tell me why does Brasil think it can do things overnight-the country is in chaos the world is afraid to visit your beautiful country and share the warmth of its people and yet you are happy that YOUR governemt is investing millions of your Reals on the Olympics which I can assure you is only a feather in the government cap. It will not promote tourism foreighn investment or anything. Please could someone educate me and the world as to the strategy of the government? the world is lost at the pantomine that is unfolding to the world.

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