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Brazil’s Police Swear Revenge: 15 Criminals Will Die Every Day

A five-day wave of violence and attacks with organized gang style executions, arson, and prison riots in São Paulo state, Brazil, finally subsided Thursday with a death toll of 152 – 41 members of the police forces and 107 criminals – according to the latest official report.

The violence was triggered by the transfer of several incarcerated gang leaders to maximum security prisons at the end of last week. Although the move was intended to impede communications between the leaders and their gangs, it actually produced a rebellion of unprecedented violence.

According to the latest release from the São Paulo state authorities 112 persons suspected of belonging to the First Command of the Capital, PCC (Primeiro Comando da Capital), gang which led the attacks have been arrested in the last 24 hours.

With smuggled cell phones and radios supplied by corrupt policemen, gang leaders ordered supporters outside the prison to attack police stations.

Gang members later attacked other targets, including banks, a subway station and about 80 buses, which were emptied of passengers and burned causing chaos and fear in Brazil’s main metropolitan area with 18 million people.

During almost 48 hours public transport, mainly buses, was absent from the streets of São Paulo.

"This was a total lack of responsiveness" said Oscar Vilhena, a lawyer and political scientist who co-directs Conectas Human Rights, a nongovernmental organization in São Paulo.

"The offensive was bigger than anything the police had planned for and beyond the scope of what the government thought was possible."

The City of São Paulo reported that 82 buses were set on fire and attacks were perpetrated against 54 homes of policemen, 17 bank branches and automatic cashiers plus looting in some stores and shops.

But even when streets’ violence might have subsided São Paulo authorities face a strong political controversy, not only was the city on its knees for several days but apparently a deal was struck with the leader of the PCC gang, "Marcola" to end the violence.

According to São Paulo press the agreement was reached Sunday night when state government officials visited Marcola in prison. Since then street attacks and prisons uprisings cooled and television sets were installed in jails so inmates can watch the coming World Cup matches in Germany, a long standing demand from inmates. São Paulo authorities deny any wrongdoing.

Marcola, 38, is a legend among inmates who adore him. From his cell he runs a security ring which costs the equivalent of US$ 250 per month for shops and other businesses in the city and US$ 25 per month for inmates. The money is deposited in legal bank accounts from where PCC operates other racketeering such as drugs, prostitution and shark loaning.

But in spite of Marcola, one of the leaders of the São Paulo Police Officers Association warned that from now on the rules of the game with criminals is "eye for eye"

"I can assure you 10 to 15 criminals per day are going to die in the city", said Major Sergio Olimpo Gomes in an interview with the daily O Globo.

Mercopress – www.mercopress.com

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  • Guest

    This is what you get Brazil – what goes around …comes around!

  • Guest

    Your take is well pointed, Carlos. Brazilian voters should start to incest on honesty.

  • Guest

    Negotiations with criminals…..
    is not a sign of strength but of weakness.
    It also means that the justice doesnt apply the laws, but negotiate them with whom pay well or threaten well enough !

    Brazil is not a rule of laws country ! Everything is negotiable with hard cash !
    Brazilians Politicians dont work for the benefit of the society but only for their own benefit !

    Nothing has changed for the last 100 years and nothing will ever change for the next 100 years. In fact, it is going worse and worse.

    It is in their genes cells ! The growth of corruption money is just phenomenal !

    It is the only growth they have !

  • Guest

    Brazil is a shame to humanity !!!!
    Corruptions, bribery, are in their genes cells !
    Nothing will ever change.
    Brazil is a medieval country.
    There is no rule of law, no accountability and no commitment !

    The Constitution is written on toilet paper and is never applied to those who have political or economical power but only to the poor citizens.

    If a poor steal 5 Reais and is arrested, he will get many months of jail term !
    But those who steal hundreds of millions, through corruption with government money dont even get 10 Reais fine !
    They are absolved legally by their other partners in crime in the Senate, the Congress, the judges and even by the justice and worse, by the Supreme Court who are as corrupted as all government officials and politicians !

    It is a way of life, a lifestyle…in Brazil !

  • Guest

    if Eye for eye !
    Dont forget to also take care of the jail guards and policemen who helped creating the chaos !!!!!

    And stupid question :
    why do the SP police wants to kill 10/15 criminals per day in SP city ? Those truly responsible are already in jail : they gave the instructions !!!!

    Just also do a bloodbath there !
    Killing a few “soldiers” or “lieutenants” will not kill the “generals” !

  • Guest

    carlos markab
    brazil is a 3rd world country and this latest violence just proves it. the voters don’t incest on honesty,so they are getting what they deserve. unfortunatly a dictatorship seems to be needed to bring order to the streets. the poor outnumber the rich, why can’t they vote a new honest government into power?

  • Guest

    brazil is corrupt, it’s so deeply engrained in their society that even if they started to pay guards a decent wage, at least 1000 to 1500 reais per month, they’re not even making close to that now, the corruption would still exist. Guards would still continue to smuggle and turn a blind-eye to the wrongdoings that happen amongst them.

    These narco-traffickers are in with some very powerful people, military generals, federal police, and politicians. For this to be resolved, some very powerful people would have to fall….and that kind of thing just doesn’t happen here in brazil.

    Just look at mensalão, the very commission that was designed to investigate this scandal and put forth recommendations for those that broke the law and participated in corruption to be further investigated and prosecuted, those recommendations were literally thrown in the trash…..nothing happened. Hence more than HALF of those on the commission resigned after they were aware that it was all a big joke!

  • Ana Kissed

    What do you stop first?
    It would seem to me that the first thing to put a stop to is the corruption of the police and prison guards.

    It doesn’t matter how secure you make the prisons if the guards and police are the people taking the drug, gums, mobile phones and radio’s.

    The people of Sao Paulo deserve better than this from their elected officials who must know that the police are part of the problem and until this issue is addressed the situation will just never change.

    If this situation isn’t addressed and addressed quickly then next time maybe the people will come out to the streets as well and show the politico’s that they will not stand for this corruption any more.

    The issues facing the people of Sao Paulo are issues of class and poverty and until these issues are addressed by the politico’s then things will just get worse.

  • Guest

    an eye for an eye will make every people blind

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