• Categories
  • Archives

With a Toy Weapon Former Official Takes Hostage and Demands Cleaner Politics in Brazil

Santos held victim hostage for almost eight hoursAfter holding hostage a hotel employee in downtown Brasília, the capital of Brazil, for nearly eight hours, Jac Souza dos Santos, 30, released him and turned himself in to the police. Escorted by civil police, Santos, a farmer from the state of Tocantins, left the building and was taken on a police car to the 5th Police Station. 

The incident began at around 8:30 am on Monday, September 29, when Santos checked in at the Saint Peter Hotel. Shortly after that, he held hostage chief messenger José Ailton dos Santos, 49, went up to the hotel’s 13th floor, where he started to knock on apartment doors, telling guests to evacuate the building under the allegation of a terrorist attack.

Apparently confused, the hostage taker said he would explode the hotel if his demands were not granted. Among his requests were the extradition of Italian activist Cesare Battisti and the real enforcement of the Clean Record Law, which prevents politicians with a police record from being allowed to run for office.

According to an investigation conducted by Agência Brasil, the assailant had told at least one close acquaintance that he would leave for the federal capital and become famous.

He also left at least two farewell letters which suggest he would do something similar to what he did today. One of the letters was addressed to his mother.

Former Municipal Secretary of Agriculture, Santos had run for local councilman in 2008, with no success. He also worked at the committee for the electoral campaign of Tocantins gubernatorial candidate.

His colleagues claim he is a calm person, who, in spite of being involved in local politics, never showed any signs of planning something of the sort.

According to the police, Santos was using a toy weapon. The Anti-Bomb Squad further announced that the material attached to the victim’s body was not a set of explosives, but actually PVC pipes stuffed with sawdust and sand.

Devastated and weeping copiously, hotel employee José Ailton dos Santos was taken to a hospital for medical examinations.

ABr

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Death Squad Threatens Lawyers in Brazil

Two lawyers and an NGO leader in Brazil have suffered death threats and intimidation  ...

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME 

All the dirty words you knew existed, but didn’t know where to find. How ...

Brazil’s Two-Year Push to Win the Middle East

Brazilian companies from the southeastern state of Minas Gerais want to export their products ...

Immigrants Role: To Win Friends and Influence Congress

After debating for several weeks about the touchy subject of immigration reform, the United ...

The Drunk Who Cracked the Fortress of Brazil’s Dictatorship

I discovered the political relevance of popular music many years ago, listening to Arlo ...

‘I Won’t Quarrel with Chavez, He’s My Friend,’ Says Brazil’s Lula

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva admitted Friday, July 6, the existence of ...

Brazilian Mirna looks at her new hair in the mirror

Brazilian Robbers Cut and Take Woman’s Long Hair in Bus

Brazilian Mirna Marchetti, 22, a saleswoman was assaulted inside a bus in Rio de ...

Brazil: Cardoso is Catching Lula’s Illiteracy

Former Brazilian President, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, is an educated man and – his Marxist ...

Brazil’s NGOs Against Privatizing Water

This month around 80 Brazilian non-governmental organizations launched a platform defending everyone’s right to ...

Brazil’s Revised Nuclear Roadmap Will Consume US$ 13 Billion

Brazil’s Minister of Science and Technology, Sergio Rezende, declared that the inauguration of the ...