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04:25  08 may  2021
04:25  08 may  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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A massive police operation in Rio de Janeiro’s Jacarezinho slums resulted in the death of two dozen suspected criminals, one officer, and several injured police and civilians – including subway passengers caught in the crossfire. More than 200 Brazilian police officers raided the third-largest favela in Rio , home to over 60,000 residents, on Thursday morning. Local media reported heavy gunfire and explosions in Jacarezinho, and spoke of rifle-armed militants jumping across roofs to escape the police .

Twenty-five people, including one police officer, were killed in a police anti-drug raid in a slum on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, according to state police , despite a Supreme Court order banning such operations other than in "absolutely exceptional" circumstances during the pandemic.

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L Point of Rio de Janeiro has been summoned to explain Friday on its bloody operation in a favela that did 28 dead the day before, according to a new balance sheet, and on which the UN requested the opening of an independent investigation.

A previous balance sheet reported 25 dead, including a policeman.

Hundreds of protesters parade in the Favela de Jacarezinho, in the north of Rio, where the police operation was conducted, by scouting "stop killing us!".

"We are here to require justice to be done after this unjustifiable massacre," said AFP Roger Denis, a student.

Anger was also fueled by testimonials that some of the victims had been killed with coolness during the most deadly anti-drugged operation ever carried out in the favelas of this Brazilian metropolis where the most disadvantaged populations, black predominantly, accustomed to the murderer raids of the police.

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Brazil shocked by warlike police raid that leaves 25 dead in Rio de Janeiro favela. Members of the Police carry out a police operation against a gang of drug traffickers, in a favela of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil , on Thursday. (Andre Coelho/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock). Shortly after dawn, police entered the sprawling favela called Jacarezinho, sending in bulletproof helicopters, armored vehicles and dozens of heavily armed police officers to do battle in one of the strongholds of the powerful criminal gang, the Red Command.

Police patrol the Jacarezinho favela on Thursday. At least 25 people died in a raid police say was aimed at a gang suspected of recruiting children. Photograph: Andre Coelho/EPA. “We call upon the office of the prosecutor to conduct an independent, thorough and impartial investigation into the case in accordance with international standards.” Colville also stressed the need for “a broad and inclusive discussion in Brazil about the current model of policing in favelas, which are trapped in a vicious cycle of lethal violence with a dramatically, adverse impact on already struggling populations”.

The police were aimed at drug traffickers accused of recruiting children and adolescents in Jacarzinho, considered a base of the "Comando Vermelho" (the "Red Commando"), the largest gang of Rio de Janeiro drug trafficking.

The raid turned to the dawn this favela in the war zone. Some inhabitants have told having seen corpses lying in the midst of blood in the alleys.

A woman told AFP that a young person had been shot inside his house, where he had taken refuge after being hurt by bullet.

"The police have seen blood and entered shouting: where is he? I just had time to take my children back while they killed him in the room," A-T- she adds.

Another inhabitant affirmed to the Uol website that her husband had been shot at the end bearing by the police when he was going to buy bread. "They executed it!" She exclaimed.

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Police in the Brazilian city confirmed the death of one of their officers, Inspector Andre Leonardo de Mello Frias. A statement on Facebook said "he honoured the profession he loved and will be missed". Rio de Janeiro is one of Brazil 's most violent states and vast areas are under the control of criminals, many of them linked to powerful drug-trafficking gangs. Security forces in Brazil have often been accused of excessive use of force against the civilian population during anti-crime operations in major cities.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A bloody, hourslong gunbattle in a Rio de Janeiro slum echoed into Friday, with authorities saying the police mission killed two dozen criminals while residents and activists claimed human rights abuses. It was just after sunrise Thursday when dozens of officers from Rio de Janeiro state’s civil police stormed Jacarezinho, a favela in the city’s northern zone. They were targeting drug traffickers from one of Brazil ’s most notorious criminal organizations, Comando Vermelho, and the bodies piled up quickly.

The police ensured the procedures before opening the fire and seized significant amounts of drugs and firearms.

"independent survey"

Among the dead is a police officer victim of a shooting and whose funeral on Friday afternoon gave rise to a tribute on the part of his colleagues and movements advocating a safe screw. In an Brazil gangred by violence and drugs.

The other 2 other dead are "suspects", assured the police, who will have to prove it and explain why these people have not been arrested. During the coronavirus pandemic that still rages in Rio, police raids were suspended by the Supreme Court.

EDSON FACHIN J. of the same Supreme Court, ordered Friday to the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office and that of Rio to investigate two published videos on social networks, including one "shows an action that, in theory, could represent an extra-judicial execution ".

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights was "deeply concerned" Friday in Geneva and asked Brazilian justice to conduct an "independent and impartial survey".

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BBC Account . Aerial footage shows suspects of a drug gang trying to escape police in Rio de Janieiro. At least 25 people, including a police officer, have been killed in a shoot-out during a police operation in a favela in the Jacarezinho area of the city.

Brazil ’s police said crackdown on drug trafficking was justified but residents say there were clear signs of ‘execution-style killings’ during operation. Residents protest the deadly police operation targeting suspected drug traffickers in the Jacarezinho favela of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Thursday [Silvia Izquierdo/AP]. Joel Luiz Costa, a lawyer and resident of the favela whose team visited multiple houses after the shootings took place, called the operation “cruel” and “barbaric” in a video posted on social media.

"We have received disturbing reports that (...) the police did not take any measures to preserve the evidence on the crime scene, which could hinder investigations," said a senior spokesman -Commissioning, Rupert Colville.


Jair Bolsonaro's partisan camp ranked on the police side. The extreme right president maintains close ties with the police and the army and had been elected at the end of 2018 with a program for the possession of weapons, promising the end of insecurity.

"It was all dirty types," reacted his vice-president, General Hamilton Mourao, about deceased.

One of the heads of the Head of State, the member Eduardo Bolsonaro, criticized those who call the police.

"These types are Vaurians. When a policeman is killed, they defend the murderers," he wrote on Twitter . "I believe that I am more disgusted by these white collar that defend the traffickers than by the traffickers themselves".

Rio is customary police violence, which did last year 1,245 dead in the eponymous state, more than in all United States . The police are very rarely pursued.

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