• Categories
  • Archives

Brazilian Army Caves in to Favela’s Drug Dealers

The Brazilian Army withdrew Monday, March 13, from several Rio de Janeiro favelas (shantytowns) after having failed in recovering sophisticated weapons stolen from the Armed Forces by drug dealers.

"We concluded the first phase. From now on we will have specific operations, not a general deployment, with the purpose of finding the weapons", said Colonel Fernando Lemos spokesperson for the operation.

The withdrawal of the 1.600 soldiers equipped for urban anti terrorist warfare who occupied the favelas for ten days was celebrated with shots fired to the air by drug dealers and the applause and booing of residents who complained about the Army’s heavy hand.

The operation in ten of Rio’s most notorious favelas was ordered following the theft from the Army’s headquarter in Rio of several rifles and pistols. The Army on orders from a Military Judge moved in with infantry, armored vehicles and helicopters.

The Army has vowed to return as many times as necessary until the weapons are found because it has become a "question of honor".

During the ten days occupation soldiers were challenged by drug traffickers with some exchange of fire. The Army reported no losses but it’s believed that several civilians were killed and wounded in the shootings.

The operation included blocking off several poor neighborhoods in an effort to quash drug dealing, a business that in some of the occupied areas rakes in as much as US$ 150 million per month, according to official estimates released by the Rio media.

The head of Public Safety for Rio de Janeiro state, Marcelo Itagipa said in an interview on CBN radio that the local slum dwellers’ apparent rejection of military action can be attributed to "a well-armed minority that imposes its will".

The Army Central Transportation Base was attacked March 3 by seven masked individuals in military uniform who easily overcame soldiers on duty and took the weapons from a storage room.

Mercopress – www.mercopress.com

Tags:

  • Show Comments (5)

  • hi!!!!!!!

    yes r u

  • bob marley jr

    are you trying to spam????

  • bob marley

    bumped third one too

  • bob

    first comment woop woop

  • bob

    hi there baraziallians πŸ˜‰

Your email address will not be published.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

5.5 Million Children Work in Brazil. 1/3 for More than 40 Hours a Week.

The World Day Against Child Labor 2005, celebrated next June 12th, will focus on ...

Lula Assures Brazilians Bolivia Conflict Won’t Raise Gas Prices

Brazilian President Luiz InΓ‘cio Lula da Silva admitted that it was a mistake for ...

Brazil’s Petrobras Gets Into the Alcohol Business

Petrobras, the Brazilian oil giant, decided to enter once and for all the international ...

Jordan King Getting Ready to Visit Brazil

With the goal of preparing the trip of Jordan's King Abdullah II to Brazil, ...

Brazil Has New Export Target: US$ 112 Billion

After having achieved the goal stated by President Luiz InΓ‘cio Lula da Silva at ...

This Is Old GDP, Says Minister About Brazil’s Just-Revealed Recession

Brazil's Finance minister, Guido Mantega, when commenting on the Brazilian economy performance in the ...

Seu Lunga: This Brazilian Celebrity Won’t Forgive a Stupid Question

Going through a text about the Turkish folktales of Nasredin Hodja with one of ...

Caracas Opposition Wants Brazil to Accept Venezuela in Mercosur to Rein In Chavez

Antonio Lezama, one of Venezuela's main opposition leaders has been invited to address Brazilian ...

After Brazil’s Timid Social Democracy Dilma Has a Chance to Start New Cycle

Politics, like history, occurs in cycles. Brazil is passing through a cycle of democratic ...

EU and 187 Other Countries Debate in Brazil How to Prevent Biopiracy

The main challenge facing the 187 countries presently gathered in the southern Brazilian city ...