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Death of 6-year-old Boy Dragged Through Rio’s Streets Horrifies Brazil

Veja magazine's cover on death of little João Hélio Vieities, in Rio. Brazil

Veja magazine's cover on death of little João Hélio Vieities, in Rio. Brazil Brazil is in mourning. The death of a little boy dragged for several miles through  Rio de Janeiro streets, with his blood, fingers and pieces of brain splattered on the asphalt of the violent city while two youngsters, one of them a minor, rushed in a car they had just stolen, shook a town and a country that seemed anesthetized to all violence even the most barbarous.

The death of little João Hélio Fernandes Vieites, who was going to be 7 in March, touched people in a way no recent massacre or tragedy had been able to.

Veja, Brazil's most read weekly magazine, with about 1.2 million copies, is coming this Saturday to subscribers and newsstands with a black cover framing the grainy picture of João Hélio under which the publication issues a challenge to the Brazilian people: "Dragged through four Rio de Janeiro districts, dead, mangled by criminals, and once again… AREN'T WE GOING TO DO A THING?

Inside, the cover article is called "No limits for the savagery", with the subtitle: "The public torture of a 6-year-old boy in Rio shows that Brazil is in the emergency room of a social tragedy in which the criminals decide who lives and who dies."

João Hélio's tragedy happened last Wednesday, February 7, a little after 9 pm. Rose Vieites, his mother, was driving her car after going to church on her way to meet the husband for a late dinner. Together with her were her 13-year-old daughter Aline, a lady friend and her little son.

Two gunmen approached the vehicle when she stopped on a red light and ordered all of them out. Everybody obeyed promptly, but the boy took longer to comply since he was strapped at the car seat. The mother rushed to help him, but while she was taking him out the robbers drove away in high speed while she run after them screaming that the boy was hanging from the car still half strapped to the seat. He would be dragged for over four miles.

Commenting on the circumstances and on the level crime has reached in Brazil, Veja sounds indignant: "We had enough explanations. Every social degradation phenomenon has an explanation. Rome's fall, the rise of Adolf Hitler, the spread of the Bolshevik disease throughout the world, the destruction of Brazilian cities by criminals and their partisans and supporters – or simply those who are blind – among the intelligentsia, the police and in politics.

"The public martyrdom of little João Hélio is loosening the tongue of dozens of  explainers. They are the same who stroked the head of "my little boys" who came down from the hills to the asphalt to take away a little of the lot that the rich had so they could be able to provide for their mothers on the hill. Let's stop romanticizing the criminal and blaming abstractions like "violence", "neoliberalism", and the "middle class negligence."…

A motorcyclist who tried to warns the robbers told his appalling story:  "In the first curve, the head hit the sidewalk's edge and the blood spurted on my clothes. I started to scream and to honk, but noticed that the child was already dead. When I managed to reach the car, one of the occupants put the gun on my face and told me to get lost."

The gunmen ran for ten minutes and then abandoned the car in a deserted street. At that time, the boy still strapped to the belt, didn't have a head, knees or fingers in his hands.

A witness told police that he saw the gunmen when they stopped.  One of them, he said, noticed the boy's body hanging from the car, then he looked inside the vehicle for anything of value he could find before running away by foot. Apparently they didn't want the car, just the goods inside.

Veja accuses the Brazilian society of letting itself back into savagery for refusing to pay the price of facing banditism and keep itself civilized. "The most discouraging," says the magazine, "is to find out that little João Hélio suffered his torture in vain. Nothing is going to happen to the criminals who  dismembered him in public and soon they and others will be on the streets preying on other little Joãos."

The publication pans what it calls "much talk and little action," which takes experts to national and international seminaries and in trips to know cities that won over crime: "When the issue is crime Brazil is not in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit)… it is in the emergency room. Unfortunately, the decision of who lives and who dies in this room, is in the criminals hands.

Veja lists a series of measures that should be taken immediately according to experts heard by the magazine:  

* To limit the time bars are kept open. It cites the example of Diadema, in the greater São Paulo, which reduced its homicide rate by 68% by ordering all bars to be closed by 11 pm.

* To be less liberal with inmates and minors who break the law.

* To create a multidisciplinary network to assist youngsters having problem with the law.

* To make community policing a priority.

* To devise special courts to try in a speedy way policemen charged with corruption and other crimes.

"I am used to see violent scenes," said Hércules do Nascimento, the police chief in charge of little João Hélio case, "but this was a barbaric thing. I didn't have the courage to raise the plastic to see the boy."

The police say that two youngsters, Diego da Silva, 18, and E. (a minor), have confessed the crime telling details of what they've done and showing very little emotion.  They have also implicated two other youths.

The father of E. could not believe his son had done that: "He didn't need that," he told reporters. "He was studying and he was making money washing cars. I knew my son was keeping bad company, but I never imagined he could do something like this."

During the funeral, Aline, the older sister, was inconsolable. "I want my baby back," she screamed in pain. "I want my brother back, I want to hear his little voice again." And then added in a softer tone: "I'm so sorry, little brother, that I could not save you."

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  • Athos Renan Martins Fernandes

    O live and Brazil and
    Well, I live here in Brazil, I am studying in a university and I will become lawyer in the next 1 year.

    Bad things of the Brazil: is poor , violent, have much impunity, and of course, a lot of corruption.

    Good things: we have many beaches and known internationally pretty women.

    The problem is world speak a lot of SÀƒ£o Pablo and Rio de Janeiro City. I even do not know those cities and i wanÀ¢€™t to know. The north of Brazil is more poor and the people of south a bit more education.

    It follows a link – http://www.guiafloripa.com.br/galeriadefotos/publicacao/index2.php?idtipo=2 with the beaches of Santa Catarina State, capital Florianopolis where do you see many tourists and has famous beach like JurerÀƒª International where persons of the English language appear. Even in Floripa, has good regions and places more À¢€œheavyÀ¢€Â. But of course that do you no will in heavy neighborhoods.

    It would recommend a tourist for come here?? Sincerely not. Go to AustrÀƒ¡lia or Holanda/netherland. Is safer and i hope that the people have more education.

  • World Citizen

    I’m Brazilian, live in the US and I miss my country. But every time I think of going back I see stuff like this and I give up the idea. The worst part is that not even in remote areas you are that much safer. Lack of education, the drastic contrast between rich and poor, and the f-ing corrupt politicians have destroyed our country. I don’t have hope when it comes to these issues.It’s disheartening. Really, really sad. Yet, Brazilians seem passive and accepting of it all. It seems that no one is thinking about the big picture, and just living day to day, drinking at the end of the day to forget the troubles.

    Do Brazilians feel that powerless? Or just don’t care anymore?

  • kelly

    JUDGE WITHOUT RESPECT
    Hi People

    I’m a brazilian I live in new york, and I heard about the crime that
    its happening in Rio,,,,
    I fell sad about it and I want justice like all those people here!!!
    I have read some of yours opnion and I respect ,,,,
    But I can’t be shut because i read some comments that are saying bad things About Brazil
    And everyone knows that crime are around of the world ,,,,,As I say I live in New york…
    every week are people suffering because of the crime,,,innocents are dieyng the teenagers are more addictive with drugs and violence spread out,,,,If you think that the U,S are the best place to live I’m sorry but the U.S after 9/11 starting been dangerous,,,people been killed at street,,,The U.S is not the same as before….
    ONE EXAMPLE RIVIERA BEACH, Florida, which the victims are a 8 months baby and 5 adult that has been astonished by a shooting outside a home on New Yearˢ۪s Day, of 2007, when two suspects drove by and opened fire. The baby was in the back seat of a car parked in front of their home. The Five adults suffered various injuries and were being treated at hospitals. Their conditions were not immediately available, but several were hit with multiple shots but the 8 months baby he died at a hospital. And the motive for the shooting was unclear, authorities said.
    SO PEOPLE YOU STOP JUDGE BRAZIL AND START TO LOOK AROUND YOU THAT THE CRIME ARE SPREAD OUT IN THE U.S TOO,,,,THAT EVERYONE ARE PART OF IT…

  • ROMA

    S NOT AGAINST THE CHILD THAT WAS SO HORRIBLY BUTCHERD! GOD HOW THAT HURTS! IT IS AGAINST THE IDIOTS THAT PRODUCE CHILDREN THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT, DO NOT NURTURE TO BECOME WORTHWHILE HUMANS, DO NOT GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME LOVING PEOPLE BUT CONDEMN THEM TO BECOME BEASTS OF PREY LIKE THE MONSTERS WHO SLAUGHTERED THIS INNOCENT HUMAN BEING.

  • ROMA

    PS MY RANT

  • ROMA

    HELLO! ANYONE OUT THERE? BIRTH CONTROL IS THE ANSWER. IF YOU CAN NOT FEED YOURSELF HOW CAN YOU FEED A CHILD OR TWO OR THREE OR, ETC..? GOVERNMENT? WHY? WHY MUST I PRODUCE TO PAY FOR YOUR IRRESPONSIBLE REPRODUCTION?! IS CHINA NOT AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF A COUNTRY GONE FROM TATAL MISERY ( TOO MANY KIDS PER FAMILY) TO A MODERN, EFFICIENT SOCIETY? OH, EXCUSE ME! THE VATICAN OBJECTS! OK, LET ME SEE, THE INQUYISITION, PEDOPHILES , WHERE CAN I STOP?

  • Andreza Carvalho

    It is unbelievabel, this event moved all the country! really they doesn’t have feeling!
    In Brazil should have death penalty, despite that after have deed wouldn’t change more nothing, but would diminish the quantity of violence!
    they will want to steal the car, but weren’t necessary have deed that with the boy, one of them could have caught the boy and after left in a place,
    NOTHING justifies!

  • Rodrigo Burégio

    They aren’t humans, they are monsters,
    this is horrible, a little boy, he cant defend your self.
    they should be die, but brazil dont have death penalty,
    they had 20 years, and the boy had 6 years, and after?
    Brazil shouldn’t survive with this monsters outside.

  • Raiane Lima

    When i knew this, i stayed sad as everybody. Its a tragedy how our country is.

  • Mirella de Souza Barbosa

    i thing that’s terrible!
    the mother of this boy was very, very, very sad.
    And the boy had only six years. I DIDN’T BELIVE THIS!!

  • Maria Eduarda Dias Pereira


    I can’t believe! This is HORRIBLE!!!!
    Every day happens violent things in the world… In this case, everybody must make something… we must arrest the killers because his family suffered very much…
    The Brazil need to be a peaceful place… but everybody needs to collaborate…
    Unfortunately, the Brazil won’t forget this tragic notice… Never!

  • Flávia

    The social inequality bla bla bla
    One of the most irritating things one can hear about this is that it’s all social inequalityness’s fault. What a bunch of crap. With that kind of excuse no one would ever need to have a job, would it ? It would be only a matter of stealing what we want.

  • kauene Roque Barradas

    it was a fact,a tragedy that somes contrys knows..and not only me that think this!! It’s a terrible crime..i canÀ‚´t imagine that a thing which this ,will be happens…I hope that the people do this absurd crime will go to the prison!!
    When i saw the notice,and the car,….i didn’t belive!!
    I can imagine what his parents was feeling in this moment..so now we have to do something
    that change these terrible crimes,that finish with this,and we will live a place that have peace,that we wonÀ‚´t have afraid go out with ours houses!
    We need a good brazil.And i’m so sorry for his family..i and everybody knows that they’re spent a moment more dificult, so they’re need justice and the ours help.

  • Ana Elisa DeOliveira

    POVERTY CANNOT be JUSTIFy CRUElTY
    Intellectuals and Human Rights groups almost always defend criminals and blame Rio and Sao Paulo’s violence on economic inequality and poverty!! I can’t believe people can justify this horrendous crime because of economic inequality in Brazil!! There is no connection whatsoever between poverty and violence. This is an intellectual excuse to not deal with the real issue:cruelty. What was done but those monsters is CRUELTY.
    Stop insulting the poor!

  • elza

    It was tragic! I cant believe this happened in my country, we need do something about this.

  • João Vitor Menezes

    Unbelievable!
    Everybody know, it was a tragedy! and what you think politics or the police will do whit two youngsters? I’m sure that nothing. I think we have to do something related with minors who break the law, like a rigorous punishment and not only two or three years in the prision. so, the brazil has to wake up for this and revise our laws.

  • Brunna Melo

    COMMENT
    when my mother told me about this notice, i didn’t want belive. Who did this don’t have hearth, was terrible, and all brazil feel this. The killers need going to prision, because this is a horrible thing, and nothing going to do the family and the parents, and all brazil fogheter this tragic notice.

  • ROMA

    BIRTH CONTROL

  • To Night

    Insane
    This is insane.

  • Cris

    GO GET A LIFE!!!
    ch.c.

    You are so stupid…

    No more comments!!!

  • Flavio

    Violence – Where does it begin? Where does it stop?
    Rio is very violent. I live here. But I never suffered anything. Lucky me.

    How can an American imagine such violence? Well, remember the army standing outside South Central?

    Rodney King, right?

    Poverty, injustice…racism. All that fuels violence.

    What about Iraq?

    Does that make the world more peaceful?

    Think about the message America is sending to the world.

    Rio is not alone with violence. September 11 was an act of violence. Caused by what?

  • Gustavo

    Solution for Brazil’s corruption.
    Brazillians may be the warmes people in the world, but some how they have a shortest memory of every other civilization. The death of this boy will be forgotten within 6 months when some other horrific traggedy occurs.

    Every Brazilian is at fault for letting this terrible tragedy occur. You elect the government officials that do not do anything and are corrupt. You allow Policemen to live in the favelas where they are constantly harrased and thretened by gang members because they do not get a decent wage to have a decent place. You allow corrupt government officials to stay in power for decades and when they are caught stealing money, they are given a slap on the wrist and allowed to go free.

    I am a Brazillian and have become ashamed of what we have become…. what we have allowed ourselves to be…

    As Brazillians we should stand up to our government and implement change.
    1) Pay Policemen a decent wage which is reflectant of the dangerous they put themselves every day
    2) Demand Change in the punitive system in Brazil which releases dangerous criminals back into society because of prison over crounding.
    3) Provide Additional funding to the prison systems in Brazil so that bigger prisons can be built and programs can be instituted to REHABILITATE criminals back into society.
    4) Make it mandatory that every one who wants a job take a DRUG test!
    5) Make everyone in Brazil VOTE!
    6) Demand that the government build low income housing so people have a place to live and are able to get their dignaty back.
    7) Increase the minimum wage
    8) Increase funding for the Brazillian military
    9) Offer job trainning for low income people .
    10) Get rid of every corrupt official

  • giselle

    It is time to do something against the violence in Brazil.
    If the authorities do not do so. The population need to start their own mobilization and actions to request security and peace. Gisz

  • Patricia Pecly

    Luto
    Infelizmente, enquanto as autoridades e a prÀƒ³pria populaÀƒ§Àƒ£o nÀƒ£o fizerem nada,a criminalidde continuarÀƒ¡ se manifestando de forma cada vez pior…Àƒ© lamentÀƒ¡vel tal atrocidade!!! Devemos nos unir e acabar com a violÀƒªncia e a impunidade!!!
    SÀƒ³ hÀƒ¡ violÀƒªncia onde hÀƒ¡ impunidade e leis brandas, que beneficia os criminosos.

  • bo

    You reap what you sew…
    When you treat people like animals you can expect them to behave like animals.

    Paying someone 350 reais per MONTH, or 150 DOLLARS per month, is expecting them to live like an animal.

    The vast differences in income distribution are coming to the forefront in Rio. The violence in Rio was and has been created by the “forces that be” long ago, and the population accepts it. So, now you got it.

  • Luca , ITALY

    Cuba waiting…..American recipes for the world…
    Crazy thing is that when that mad Bush and his criminal Junta will finally invade Cuba or get rid of Cuban communism and will bring American democracy (liek in Irak) crime will soar like crazy in Havana, and Havana will become like Rio, with its poverty-richness divide, racial problems…

  • CASSIO

    i AGREE WITH SP DUDE 100%
    Old One,

    There is no comparison to what happens anywhere in the world and what is happening in Rio. You can cut and paste entire newspapers, articles even books. What is happening in Rio is pure EVIL. People are dying even after handing out their wallets and jewelry and cars just for the pleasure of the criminals. The fact that the criminals after seeing the remains of the little boy, still had time to search the car for valuables tells us the total lack of respect for human life. My solution is as follows: completely surround the favelas with the army and create four or five entry points. No one enters or leaves without being checked and rechecked. Nothing enters or leaves without being checked. Anyone caught with weapons, drugs or large amounts of money automatically go to our “guantanamo”. A little clearing in the middle of the Amazon. Fly the criminals there by helicopter drop them by ropes and let them survive on their own. No politician or authority in Rio has any saying in this since they are all corrupt and we are taking over for a mandate of say six months. I guarantee you, once the word gets out, just the sight of the helicopter will yield tons of information about who is involved. Any corrupt politician will be investigated by the military on the spot. If a criminal says Mr. Joe Doe is a politician and he is involved, they both are going to be placed together to face each other. If confirmed, the politician will also be send to “guantanamo”. After one month, we move in, search house by house at different times of the day and night, several times. Legitimate people will be allowed in and out and will be offered help in exchange for information, but everyone will be treated as possible spies until proven otherwise. If confirmed that you are hiding and helping the criminals, you won’t go to guantanamo, but your house will be destroyed and you will be sent to a probation area, near the amazon. If you fail to improve you are just a short flight to guantanamo and will then meet your friends there. Sounds ridiculous? i know, but I am only half joking here. At least I am not defending or creating excuses about what is happening in Rio like our friend “OLD ONE”. thanks for reading.

  • camilla and maite

    a tragic moment!!
    We were very desapointeded with the episode that hapened in rio de janeiro last friday. Sometimes we stop to think: “where will our society end up?? “. It’s time to do something.We can’t agree with all the thing that are happening in teh world.
    We are shoked!! Under 18-year-old kids were envolved. We think that the death penalty should be applied in this type of crimes! not enven concidering the age of the criminous!

  • Alexandre, Matheus, Bernardo and Douglas

    Absolutely worried
    We are terribly sorry about this tragic history from this little boy. It was such a disgrace and we offer our sincere feelings for the family. We think that the violence should stop now.It’s a shame that not even a child could run from this violence.
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  • SPdude

    Hey “Old One”
    Keep on living in denial! Don’t worry about fixing the problems of Brasil, just let them perpetuate and let the downward spiral continue.

  • Flávia

    I lived here all my life
    Hey folks I lived all my life in a small town called Angra dos Reis which is located in the state of Rio de Janeiro, everywhere can be violent… there are evil people everywhere… No one has ver robbed me in 20 years.. Never had trouble living in a small town.. Rio is a dangerous thats for sure, there are too many slums, bad cops and corrupted politicians involved.. I would like to help to change this country but unfortunately most of our people seemed not to care or are just scared… We have to STAND UP FOR OUR RIGHTS!!! Stop being fooled by dirty politicians, we have to stand up for what we believe in! It’s too late, NO IT’S NOT!!! It’s not late to change all this situation.. if only people were less selfish and lazy we could still CHANGE SOMETHING!!!
    We were born for a purpose.. I know I am here for something.. and what about the others? Will you just sit and wait or just watch all this tragic news on TV and just cry?!
    IT’S TIME TO DO SOMETHING!
    We canÀ‚´t just agree with all of this.
    I ASK PLEASE STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS YOU ARE NOT ALONE.. I BELIEVE THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE THAT WANT TO HELP.
    We are such good people we can not just admit that those damn americans come here and say many bullshit.. they just like to criticize poor countries and say that their country is the best ever!!!
    Mind your own business, if you live here why canÀ‚´t you help?
    If you donÀ‚´t agree with our situation why canÀ‚´t you help? Living 10 years here means u already became a ‘brazilian citzen’ so no more ‘talk’ and why not a little action?

    Thanks for the special time and have a good day.
    F.

  • nicholas

    YEAH I HEARD THE SAME THING ABOUT MS-13. THEY ARE AN INTERNATIONAL GANG, MOSTLY MEXICAN SALVALDORIAN, COLOMBIAN THEY ARE THE MOST VIOLENT GANG IN AMERICA.
    BUT BRAZIL’S CRIME IS FAR WORST.
    THE SAME THING CAN HAPPEN IN AMERICA.

    MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE YOUNG BOY AND HIS FAMILY.

  • R.D.B.A.

    Every country has good and bad points/traits/aspects/etc and I do have to say to Manuel Pinto about the comment he left here: I’m sorry, this story is not made up and actually that is was very silly thing to say.

    I’m brazilian and I live in Rio (5 years and counting) – I love this city, it is indeed a beautiful place and I came to live here by choice… but the violence is also real. I’m ashamed to say that this barbaric crime did occur and the most increadible thing about it is that I’m surprised how fast they cought everybody involved.

    It is a sad reality the fact that we are getting used to violent head lines in the papers every morning. Something that would cause a comontion in the rest of the country is viewed and treated as an common event in Rio. I have no idea why that happens, but it is true. Not 15 days ago I woke up to the sound of gun shots. Four men had tried to rob a bakery and the police got there before criminals thought they would. They ran for a few blocks and ended up in the garage of the building in front of mine. One of the criminals was killed in the confrontation and a cop and two civilians got hurt.

    That day I got to see almost every one who lives in this street, we were all in the window watching the police work. Taking pictures and calling the office to tell them we would be late. I don’t know about the answer anybody else got, but I heard a “don’t worry, as soon as they are gone you may come in. I’ll let everybody know you’ll be late”! Like it was an normal occurance… and it was. Not on my street, I’ll give you that, but on other parts of the city. And we have grown used to it.

    My country is beautiful, true, I’m always inviting foreing friends to come and visit and the ones that manage to come all fall in love with Brazil. What can I say? I’m a closet turist guide. Brazil is a place… it’s hard to explain, beautiful is too little, magical not special enough… Brazil is a place you have to visit to understand and we are definetely worth the visit.

    But we do have our problems and this crime is exposing some of the major ones, the violence in the streets of my beloved city (NOT the whole country) and the neglect of the politicians. I do think our youth should be protected, cherished, encouraged… the whole nine yards, but I also think we should review our concept of who is still a child. A 16 year old who is a member of a criminal group, who carries a gun, who steals a car and drags a six year old for 4 miles behind a speeding car should be tried as an adult. He knew what he was doing. They all did.

    Also, there is the suspicion (by the police) that the minors confesssed to the crime to cover up for another member of their group who is not a minor. They are using the child protection law to get away with murder! If we manage to change the law (there is a large group of us working for to achieve that), we could prevent something like this happening. As it is, the 16 year old will recieve the maximum of THREE years in jail and his record will be clean once he becomes an adult.

    Justice is always a work in progress.

  • Old one.

    Crime on rise in USA
    By Michael Martinez
    Tribune national correspondent
    Published February 4, 2007

    LOS ANGELES — Here in the nation’s “capital” for street gangs, Jose Aleman is an ex-gangbanger with 26 bullet fragments in his brain. Lucky to be alive and well, Aleman is eating a Mexican pasta soup in the Homegirl Cafe, run by former female gang members, when he’s interrupted by an aspiring gangster half his age.

    With one recent study enumerating 40,000 members in 700 gangs in Los Angeles, the city is the originator and exporter of dangerous gangs gone national, such as the Bloods, the Crips and Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13), said FBI spokesman Kenneth Smith.

    “We have Blood and Crips sets in Indianapolis and Chicago, Cincinnati, Louisville–you know, that middle part of the country where people don’t think they have a gang problem,” said Smith, who was an Indianapolis police officer for eight years until 1997.

    Chicago Crime Commission President Jim Wagner acknowledged Los Angeles as a breeding ground for gangs that are now in Chicago’s western suburbs. “We are seeing in the suburban areas a growth in the presence of MS-13,” he said. “We’re the gang capital of the United States of America,” Villaraigosa said in one interview.

  • Angry

    THE IGNORANCE IS WHAT THE DEMOCRACY NEEDS…

  • Angry

    …to be DISTROIED herself.
    And is it wath is been building in this country, THE IGNORANCE, who is foundation of dictature. Why, despite Brazil have cash and way, the education are not yet, since many time, priorized? All country based on dictatorial government needs a ignorant people to be in charge. Sorry Mr.Manuel Pinto, but who think that in Brazil “the people could not kill a fly”, are not livin here, or look like that. Here ther is who couldn’t and who before kill a fly, could extort her wings, cut her legs and drill her eyes. But the question is: Is there someone else who wishs this caos? The sad history is: Someone is slowly puting a blindfold in Flys’ eyes.
    Who loves this country must not be shamed. Must be ANGRY.

  • bo

    and forgot to mention the ole torture, murder, then cut your arms and legs off and leave them inside of a car in front of a hospital.

    Think they were able to put humpty-dumpty back together again??

  • bo

    [quote]…
    written by Old one., 2007-02-12 12:06:51

    History of Violence in America

    Violence as a way to achieve power is a everyday phenomenon in our world. The history of violence in America ranges from the pre-colonial past into the present. However, nowadays America suffers from an extremely high rate of violence. People are very disturbed by the increasing violence in the USA, especially among young people. It is a serious problem that more and more juveniles resort to violent acts.

    April 20, in 1999, in Littleton, Colorado: Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, open fire in suburban Columbine High School, killing a teacher and 14 students – including themselves À¢€“ and injuring 28 others. In addition to some 30 home-made bombs found in and around the school, police report that there were two shotguns, a 9mm semi-automatic rifle, and a pistol used in the massacre.

    This is just one example of an endless series of young adults running amuck. Violent behavior is often chosen as a response even though alternatives to violence are also a part of American culture. Violence is present everywhere, it ranges from the family core over the neighborhood, communities and schools to the media. Especially young people are influenced by the violence demonstrated in the media. Above all, television and films have a high violence potential. People get overwhelmed by violent acts. Kids and young adults may get out of touch with reality. Some of them are not able to differentiate between right and wrong, good and bad any more. Experts believe that of the 25,000 murders committed in the USA every year, at least half are due to the influence and desensitizing effects of media violence.[/quote]

    Here we go again. I just have to believe it’s the same idiots, possibly even people from this site, that try and start the same ole pissing match.

    If you’re going to post facts, post them. Firstly, in 2005, there were [b]14,000[/b] people murdered in the United States, which has a population of 300 million .. In 2005 there were 52,000 murders in Brazil, which has a population of 185 million. You do the math!

    Funny how you post the FAMOUS Columbine story. So that’s all ya got huh? Does it happen everyday in the U.S.? As a matter of [b]routine[/b]? Because on a DAILY basis there are NUMEROUS murders in Rio….NUMEROUS. And they don’t have the civility that ole Eric and Dylan had by just putting a bullet in your head. No, they’ll burn you alive inside a bus or car, or drag you through 4 neighborhoods hanging halfway outside a car zig-zagging until your head hits the sidewalk so many times that it’ll be found in another location than your body….and that was to a 6 year old!

  • Old one.

    History of Violence in America

    Violence as a way to achieve power is a everyday phenomenon in our world. The history of violence in America ranges from the pre-colonial past into the present. However, nowadays America suffers from an extremely high rate of violence. People are very disturbed by the increasing violence in the USA, especially among young people. It is a serious problem that more and more juveniles resort to violent acts.

    April 20, in 1999, in Littleton, Colorado: Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, open fire in suburban Columbine High School, killing a teacher and 14 students – including themselves À¢€“ and injuring 28 others. In addition to some 30 home-made bombs found in and around the school, police report that there were two shotguns, a 9mm semi-automatic rifle, and a pistol used in the massacre.

    This is just one example of an endless series of young adults running amuck. Violent behavior is often chosen as a response even though alternatives to violence are also a part of American culture. Violence is present everywhere, it ranges from the family core over the neighborhood, communities and schools to the media. Especially young people are influenced by the violence demonstrated in the media. Above all, television and films have a high violence potential. People get overwhelmed by violent acts. Kids and young adults may get out of touch with reality. Some of them are not able to differentiate between right and wrong, good and bad any more. Experts believe that of the 25,000 murders committed in the USA every year, at least half are due to the influence and desensitizing effects of media violence.

  • crackonwall

    Its not Brazil…. its the world
    Hi,
    One of my frend in Brazil, fwd me this page. I am an Indian, and my family stays in India. I live in Amsterdam and my sister n brother in law are in the USA. I have seen parts of Europe and Asia. Europe is for that matter very peaceful and calm. But things are quite same back in my country, India. I had always imagined Brazil, to be a country of spirit and colours…. never ever thought, that it is also dealing and fighting against such events. Events, which are so tragic and sad, that just a mention of it makes your spin chill!
    I guess, its time for not only Brazil but the entire world to stand up against such events. We could be the next target of such event. Together we can, and we will…..
    Time to stand up and speak our voices….

    Calling Peace…
    A fellow citizen of humanity

  • Luca , ITALY

    Death penaly is the opium for the ignorant masses
    Increasing the quantity of educated people and the quality of eductaion is the key to alleviate Brazilian problems, not death penaly and jails…but uneducated people want quick solutions, compelxity is not understood by the masses. Fighting poverty is the key to fighting corruptiona and crime, there’ll always be corruption and crime as long as there’s povery and it’s hard to make ends meet. Wake up Brazilian oligarhcy befeore it’ll be you who get shot tomorrow at the traffic light of your rich neighbourhood

  • TAZ

    BRAZIL
    UNFORTUNATELLY ALL THE BAD COMMENTS HERE ARE COMPLETELLY RIGHT! I LOVE MY COUNTRY..BUT WHICH COUNTRY IS IT NOW? JUST BEAUTIFUL NATURE? IM SHOCKED TILL NOW..AND I WILL KEEP BEING SHOCKED CAUSE ANYHITNG IS HAPPENEING HERE TO FIX OUR REALITY. THE MATER IS: PEOPLE HERE FEEL A RELIEF WHEN SOMETHING BAD DOESNT HAPPEN WITH THEM..THEY THINK ” IT DOESNT HAPPEN WITH ME..THANKS GOD!” AND NOTHING ELSE. IF EVERYBODY COULD SEE THE BARBARITY OF OUR REALITY AND DO SOMEHITNG WE COULD SEE OUR COUNTRY LIVING BEAUTIFUL DAYS AS SO LONG TIME AGO.

    RIP LIL BABY.

  • bo

    this morning at around noon brazil time there were 102 people murdered in Rio so far this month, since Feb. 1st, at this moment, 8 hours later, there are 123 people that have been murdered!! That makes 21 people murdered TODAY in Rio de Janeiro!!

    Just a few of the stories over the last 24 hours.

    11/02/2007
    Tiroteio em favela dominada por milÀƒ­cia deixa nove mortos por milÀƒ­cia deixa 9 mortos/

    RIO – Nove pessoas, entre elas cinco bandidos e um policial militar, morreram na manhÀƒ£ deste domingo, em uma troca de tiros na favela Kelsons, na Penha. Segundo a polÀƒ­cia, um grupo de bandidos teria tentado invadir a favela, que segundo relatÀƒ³rio da Subsecretaria de InteligÀƒªncia, seria uma das 92 comunidades ocupadas por integrantes de uma milÀƒ­cia.

    De acordo com os policiais, o cabo PM Luiz ClÀƒ¡udio de Souza Vargas, de 34 anos, que estaria de folga e passava de carro pelo local, sofreu uma tentativa de assalto e foi baleado. Ele foi levado para o Hospital GetÀƒºlio Vargas, mas nÀƒ£o resistiu e morreu.

    Quando deixavam ÀƒÂ  favela, bandidos trocaram tiros com PMs do 16À‚º BPM, prÀƒ³ximo ao Mercado SÀƒ£o SebastiÀƒ£o. Segundo a polÀƒ­cia, cinco homens que ocupavam um carro foram baleados. Eles chegaram a ser socorridos, mas morreram no Hospital GetÀƒºlio Vargas. Com o grupo, a polÀƒ­cia apreendeu um fuzil, quatro revÀƒ³lveres e uma granada. O material foi levado para a 22À‚ª DP(Penha). Outros trÀƒªs corpos podem ser de moradores da favela.

    09/02/2007
    Uma crianÀƒ§a de seis anos sofreu queimaduras no peito e no abdÀƒ´men causadas por Àƒ¡gua quente, que teria sido jogada por uma vizinha, na noite de sexta-feira. (FOLHA DA MANHÀƒƒ – Campo dos Goytacazes)

    11/02/2007
    Policiais do Getam (Grupamento TÀƒ¡tico MÀƒ³vel) trocaram tiros na noite deste sÀƒ¡bado com suspeitos que roubaram uma van com passageiros na Linha Vermelha, na entrada da Ilha do Governador. Um dos suspeitos morreu e outro foi preso. Duas pistolas foram apreendidas. (O DIA ONLINE)

    11/02/2007
    Uma tentativa de roubo de carro na saÀƒ­da da Linha Amarela, em Todos Santos, na Zona Norte, terminou ontem com a morte de um policial federal lotado na Delegacia do Aeroporto Internacional Tom Jobim. O escrivÀƒ£o Ronei Candido Rezende, 32 anos, foi executado com nove tiros e teve parte do corpo queimado. (JB ON LINE)

    11/02/2007
    O corpo de um homem, ainda nÀƒ£o identificado, foi encontrado na manhÀƒ£ deste domingo, com vÀƒ¡rios tiros na mala de um carro na Rua Piracaba em frente ao nÀƒºmero 94, em IrajÀƒ¡, Zona Norte. (O DIA ONLINE)

    11/02/2007
    Policiais do 16À‚º BPM (Olaria) trocaram tiros com homens em um Corolla prata no inÀƒ­cio da manhÀƒ£ deste domingo na Avenida Brasil, pista sentido Zona Oeste, na altura da Casa do Marinheiro. Segundo a PM, na perseguiÀƒ§Àƒ£o o carro entrou para o mercado SÀƒ£o SebastiÀƒ£o, quando foi encurralado pela polÀƒ­cia.

    A primeira informaÀƒ§Àƒ£o Àƒ© que os cinco ocupantes do Corolla foram baleados e socorridos para o Hospital GetÀƒºlio Vargas, onde nÀƒ£o resistiram aos ferimentos. Outras trÀƒªs pessoas morreram no interior da Favela Kelsons, na Penha, e um PM tambÀƒ©m morreu na Av. Brasil. (O DIA ONLINE)

    11/02/2007
    Dois homens numa motocicleta assaltaram a Loja Abud Pneus, na Rua EspÀƒ­rito Santo, em Campos, na manhÀƒ£ de ontem, mas deixaram cair no caminho a quantia de R$ 1.800. O assalto foi ÀƒÂ s 7h30 quando a loja acabara de abrir e havia apenas o proprietÀƒ¡rio, AntÀƒ´nio Abud, 54 anos, um cliente e um funcionÀƒ¡rio no local. Abud levou um tiro de raspÀƒ£o no braÀƒ§o esquerdo, mas passa bem. (O DIÀƒÂRIO – Campos dos Goytacases)

    11/02/2007
    O sargento Alves, lotado na MarÀƒ©, foi baleado durante troca de tiros na marugada deste domingo, no Largo do Pedregulho, em SÀƒ£o CristovÀƒ£o. (O GLOBO ONLINE)

    10/02/2007
    Um adolescente de 16 anos foi baleado na tarde de ontem no Parque Santa Rosa, em Guarus. (A FOLHA DA MANHÀƒƒ – CAMPO DOS GOYTACAZES)

    http://www.riobodycount.com.br/

  • bo

    [quote]I cannot believe learning that thousands of people are killed each year in both Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and many more probably in the rest of Brazil,[/quote]

    There were 52,000 people murdered in brazil in 2005, according to brazilian gov’t. statistics. It looks like 2006 more than likely topped that, and 2007 may be yet another record breaking year.

  • brian hansen

    Extreme murder rates in Brazil compared to Europe.
    I cannot believe learning that thousands of people are killed each year in both Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and many more probably in the rest of Brazil,
    in my peacefull part of the world, Northern Europe, there are 40-50 murders per year in a small country with 5 mio people. That would to my calculation equival 120 murders in Rio de Janeiro and 200 in Sao Paulo pr year.
    Perhaps the rich should start paying more taxes to build housing etc. instead of flying around in helicopters as I saw they did in Sao Paulo!

  • DAVIS MEAD

    a yank who loves brasil
    As a frequent visitor to Brasil, and Rio in particular it is truly very troubeling to see the undeniable rise in violent crime.If the tourist and vacation dollars don’t mean much do nothing and watch them go away. Brasil is such a wonderful and beautiful place that should be safe for Brasilians and visitors alike.

  • Manuel Pinto

    This story was made up by jealous americans who want to scare people from visiting the best place on earth right before before carnival. Brazilians are peacefull people who could not kill a fly.

  • original_lion

    Pleaseeee
    Gilvan almeida wrote:

    [quote]
    i would like to ask the people that wrote some of that comments in this page
    to try to look around the wold at other places also, and stop bashing this one country
    Brasil is a very beauteful country nd most of the cities are very safe to live or to visit]
    [/quote]

    This is exactly the attitude prevalent here… Looks like even ten years of living in Boston
    can’t remove that certain, characteristic Brazilian meakness, and resignation to crime…

    You are just another Brazilian who cannot understand that it’s way too late, too late
    for being diplomatic, for handling these things wearing velvet gloves… What fucking “look at other
    cities”? Blood is being spilled right here, right now, in a city where I currently live, no matter
    whether I’m Brazilian or not…

  • bo

    [quote]…
    written by Gilvan almeida, 2007-02-11 05:04:35

    o try to look around the wold at other places also, and stop bashing this one country
    Brasil is a very beauteful country nd most of the cities are very safe to live or to visit
    in Rio just like any other place in the world where the is a lot of tourismin the crime rate is veery high
    look here at our on back yard as a exemplo ((( Ny,La,Fl ))) . [/quote]

    Gilvan, please, don’t try and compare most ALL other tourist places in the world with Rio, they are NOT the same, and many here in brazil try and make the very type of comparison you have made to JUSTIFY the absurdities that happen there on a DAILY basis.

    Rio de Janeiro, as well as Sao Paulo, are amongst the most dangerous cities in the world. Matter of fact, unfortunately for us that live here, Brazil is one of the most dangerous contries in the world to live in with a murder rate that is unsurpassed.

    We have something in common, you were born in brazil and have lived in the U.S. for 10 years, while I was born in the U.S., spent my first 34 years of life there, and have now been in brazil for the last 10 years. For quite some time now, numerous months, there have been car jackings on a DAILY basis AND they are killing the people in those cars. The very day before this situation happened there was another child that was shot while in a car that was being carjacked. The day after this situation happened there was a taxi driver that was carjacked, he was shot and died. Last week there were a group of 7 adolescents that were tortured, killed, and their limbs cut off, a day or two later, another group of 6 adoloscents, killed and mutilated.

    Sorry to tell you, this doesn’t happen as a matter of [b]routine[/b] in even the most dangerous american cities, New Orleans, Washington DC, Detroit Michigan, Miami Florida.

    Brazilians have to STOP justifying this behavior, as many do and have, even some politicians and top security people make absurd statements like, “this could’ve happened anywhere”. Well why doens’t it happen in other places on a day-to-day basis??

    Crime and violence in Rio has spiraled out of control. The vast differences in income distribution are coming back to haunt brazilians from ALL walks of life, the most rich, and the poor. Just a month ago one of brazil’s most powerful federal politicians was carjacked while her security team sat and watched. The time to realize that this is NOT normal has came and went. These are not the type of crimes that happen in a civilized country. The politicians and police have allowed the drug lords and organized crime weild great influence over that city much too long.

    Ask any american if it would be possible for organized crime to shut down entire sections of New York City, Miami Florida, or any other city or metropolitan as happens in Rio from time to time. It simply isn’t. The crime bosses, drug dealers well know that if need be the american gov’t. will not only use the police force if necessary, but the national guard if anything even close to what happens in Rio would take place.

    Besides the vast differences in income distribution and equal opportunities for the rich and the poor, not only in Rio but throughout brazil, but the disgraceful salaries that are paid to the policemen that risk their lives to protect the population. With drugs being such a great source of revenue, particularly in Rio, the police are on the take, many high up military officials, as well as politicians themselves.

    I for one certainly hope that this situation with little JoÀƒ£o wakes some people up and changes actually happen, that his life was not wasted in vain, but unfortunately, from my experience and from what I know of the situation in Rio, I seriously doubt it. Too many powerful people within the gov’t. and the police force would have to be removed, their would be riots that would make the riots that took place in Sao Paulo last year look like a minor incident. It’s something that I just don’t believe the people have the fortitude to to implement nor withstand. It’s truly a shame and Rio de Janeiro, one of my favorite spots on earth, one of if not the most naturally beautiful places I have ever been to, is being heard the world over of being a destination of murder and robbery. Maybe when the tourism slows to a snails pace some changes will be made, I guess we’ll see.

  • saddened

    Too sad
    I agree with all the other comments made above. How can a society ever get this morally corrupt.

  • João

    Sad sad
    Uma homenagem ao anjinho JoÀƒ£o…
    10 minutos de reflexÀƒ£o…
    Fechando os meus olhos…
    Meu corpo comeÀƒ§a ÀƒÂ  se arrepiar…
    Sinto um calafrio!
    O mundo comeÀƒ§a a girar,
    Tudo corre na minha mente,
    Vejo gente ficando bem longe,
    Amo meu Papai, amo minha MamÀƒ£e…
    Meus amiguinhos, amanhÀƒ£ podemos brincar…
    ” Quando eu quexÀƒª eu vÀƒ´ xÀƒª “…
    … Um instante , um susto!!!
    MamÀƒ£e! MamÀƒ£e!!!… Me salva!!!…
    ( Choro… ) Onde vou ?…
    Papai… MamÀƒ£e… ( sem forÀƒ§as… )
    Gritos surdos… Dor…
    SilÀƒªncio…
    _ Onde eu tÀƒ´?
    _ Venha cÀƒ¡, meu Anjo… Eu sou seu Papai do cÀƒ©u, quero te abraÀƒ§ar. VocÀƒª Àƒª um herÀƒ³i-mirim, vocÀƒª deixou uma mensagem de Paz para os homens, vem aqui Anjinho JoÀƒ£o!

    …( Choro… )

    Esta Àƒ© uma homenagem ÀƒÂ  um herÀƒ³i, apesar de tÀƒ£o pequenino conheceu a violÀƒªncia perdendo a prÀƒ³pria vida.

    Que Deus abenÀƒ§oe os familiares de JoÀƒ£ozinho. Ele estÀƒ¡ nos nossos coraÀƒ§Àƒµes para sempre.
    JoÀƒ£o Carlos( carlosjc.rj@gmail.com )

    Repasse esta mensagem e homenageie o anjinho JoÀƒ£o.

  • Eddie

    The truth
    WE MUST TAKE OUR LIVES AWAY FROM EVEIL THAT WHITCH IS PUSHED ON US BY LAWS AND THAT WHITCH IS TAKEN FROM US BY CRIMINALS THAT THE LAWS PROTECT
    well said Forest….I wish we had more people with the same frame of mind in this planet……that’s the real truth

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    CRIMINALS WITH BADGES AND THE ONES WITHOUT SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSABLE
    Where there is a multitude of specific laws, it is a sign that the state is badly governed ; for it is the attempt to build dikes against the spread of crime that men in such a
    state feel constrained to multiply the laws .
    thoes who are rightly governed , on the other hand do not feel need to fill their porticoes with written statutes ,but only to cherish justice in their souls….
    for it is not by legislation -but by morals – that states are well directed.

    brasilian law makers are like the same in the usa they are crooks , and only the pupets of big business , we as a people should hold each and every on of them responsible for the demise of our social fabric whitch they control the weve .
    as the US has not fallan as far as brasil has we are also on the same sad road .

    WE MUST TAKE OUR LIVES AWAY FROM EVEIL THAT WHITCH IS PUSHED ON US BY LAWS AND THAT WHITCH IS TAKEN FROM US BY CRIMINALS THAT THE LAWS PROTECT

  • Gilvan almeida

    wow.
    very well written report. this is bad.
    Im originaly from Brasil, not Rio or Sao Paulo, but
    im familiar with that crime that goes on in that country
    i now been living in boston,ma for just over 10 years
    and now i konw what civilization means, becouse i didnt before.
    its sad what happend, but we hope ill get better.
    i would like to ask the people that wrote some of that comments in this page
    to try to look around the wold at other places also, and stop bashing this one country
    Brasil is a very beauteful country nd most of the cities are very safe to live or to visit
    in Rio just like any other place in the world where the is a lot of tourismin the crime rate is veery high
    look here at our on back yard as a exemplo ((( Ny,La,Fl ))) .
    I respect everyones opnion
    but if u havent been there, dont talk about it … becouse u dont know u just heard about some where
    its very easy to complain and talk about it, its hard to live it and do something about ….

    thank u

  • ch.c.

    Furthermore…..
    ….as you ALL know or should know, Brazil has one of the world worst wealth inequality, and the poors entitled to nothing will, wether you like it or not, continue their crimes, violences, stealing, robbing, assaults to get part of the country wealth.
    Yesssss they are entitled to a share of the country wealth.
    Brazil is not a poor country per capita as per any metric you can chose yourself.
    The GDP per capita is around US$ 4000.- and per capita means including children, the oldest, the rich and poors, those at work and those without work !
    Just make a guess estimate now of the average income of the most wealthy knowing that the minimum wage is below US$ 200.-
    for those who have a job but many times this is for a whole family . And what about those who dont have a job ?
    The reality is that those getting the Bolsa Familia receive REAIS 177.- PER YEAR (8 billions Reais divided by 45 millions people) or less than 0.50 Reais per day.
    And if Lula believes, as he said many times with pride, that by now the poors can have 3 decent meals….PER DAY…..with 0,50 Reais, let me say that he lies….ONCE MORE !!!!

    AND IN VIEW OF THAT SHAMEFUL SITUATION…IF ANYONE BELIEVES THAT criminals, thieves and robbers of whatever age will stop, You are dead wrong just as much you are wrong if you believe that your politicians will stop pillaging the country wealth with their corruptions practices !

    Dont your politicians already earn more than their equivalent peers in most developed countries ? Yes…they do ! And this is before their next big salary increases that will come out shortly !

    Sadly the majority of honest citizens will have to continue to support : both the politicians you have elected and even re-elected doing nothing anyway for you but only for their own benefits, and the criminals that the politicians have certainly no reason to eliminate so that they have more time to steal more in their corruptions practices.

  • ch.c.

    Very sad….yessss !!!!!
    But now all the idiots members of this site saying and who said that Brazil is a great country…just as safe as any country….as crimes exist in all countries……

    PLEASE STAND UP !

    I JUST REMIND YOU THAT EVEN THE RIO TOURISM AUTHORITY SAID IT TOO !!!!!!!

    SP AND RIO ARE BOTH CLASSIFFIED AS ONE OF THE WORLD MOST VIOLENT CITIES.

    And these 2 cities deserve that statement based on simple statistics.

    For the umpteenth time I remind you also that in Brazil 50 % of youths deaths aged 15-24 are from violent deaths !

    If you know and demonstrate that there is another such country….please name it and also name your sources !
    Quite simple. As to my sources, just refer to articles on this site.

    I repeat once more that Brazil is a Tropical Mud…in many ways. Brazil is a human tragedy, a shame for humanity.

    And as the article said, it is quite doubtful that the government will really do something, except with new promises they wont deliver anyway, against crimes and violences.
    Is the army not ALREADY in Rio, as per the big fanfare done by Lula ?????
    Yesss it is in Rio, to protect large International conventions/meetings and ready for the carnaval.
    But not ready to reduce the security of the citizens because the more violence there is in cities, the more the politicians have time and freedom to vacate to their favorite sport : CORRUPTION at all and every level !!!!

  • gringo

    Favelization
    Mark my words: the situation here will only get worse… I’m living here in Rio for almost two years now, and this place is nothing but a savage JUNGLE covered with an ultra-thin layer of “civilization” ( = roads, cinemas, shops…).

    The tragic fact is, 95% of the population here doesn’t understand this. 95% of population didn’t travel anywhere outside of Brazil, so they don’t have any benchmark to compare to. 95% of population thinks it’s “normal” to be assaulted on the street.

    The fact is, this absolutely tragic incident doesn’t surprise me at all… Here in Rio, just about **everything** can happen to you at the next corner. You can literally get swallowed by night, even in well-lit parts of Zona Sul, or even during the day.

    Now, the question is, will this tragic, tragic, tragic death move anything? I said tragic three times because I’m a father too and this kid was just about the same age as my son, so associations are inevitable.

    The answer is: NO. Nothing will change. The explanation is simple: the society here is totally corrupt, and failing. The societal ills we are witnessing here are deeply ingrained, systematic failures. No one, and nothing, is able to fix these problems and malign characteristic.

  • Ric

    Now the family of the perpetrators is complaining that they are being threatened.

  • bo

    it’s tragic, but this has been going on for quite some time now. Unfortunately, I think the brazilian military needs to take to the streets in Rio, a complete police state. I think they need to raid the favelas where known drug dealers live. It needs to be done but no one seems to have the courage to do it. Then again, I feel quite certain, that many in the police, military, and even some politicians, are “in bed” with the criminals.

  • alltheway

    Well written report on a very sad subject, tomorrow it could be your brother, time to stand up Brasil

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