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World Nine are trampled after police enter poor Sao Paulo neighborhood

04:20  02 december  2019
04:20  02 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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At least nine people were trampled to death and two others were injured early Sunday in the chaotic aftermath of a police raid in a poor Sao Paulo neighborhood , authorities there said. Residents blamed the police for causing the panicky stampede, local media reported.

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Nine people were trampled to death early on Sunday after two suspects firing guns and being chased by Brazilian police entered a party with roughly 5,000 people, according to a police statement. Police officers were chasing two men riding a motorcycle when suspects fired

At least nine people were trampled to death and two others were injured early Sunday in the chaotic aftermath of a police raid in a poor Sao Paulo neighborhood, authorities there said.

a person walking down the street: Heavily armed police often carry out operations in the poorer neighborhoods of Brazil, as shown in this 2018 photo from Rio de Janeiro© Mauro Pimentel Heavily armed police often carry out operations in the poorer neighborhoods of Brazil, as shown in this 2018 photo from Rio de Janeiro

Residents blamed the police for causing the panicky stampede, local media reported.

The dead included a woman, seven men and a 14-year-old boy, Lieutenant Colonel Emerson Massera, a police spokesman, told reporters.

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At least nine people were trampled to death and seven more were injured in Paraisópolis, a neighbourhood in southern Sao Paolo, during a funk ball, Reuters reported on Sunday. Military police were reportedly conducting a special operation in the neighborhood when they were attacked by an

He said a unit of 38 military police had carried out an operation in the southern favela of Paraisopolis when two men on a motorcycle fired at the troops before fleeing in the direction of a nearby street party, where they continued firing, sparking the stampede.

He said some 5,000 people had gathered for a "funk dance," a weekend street party popular in poorer districts of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Neighbors demand justice

But the mother of a 17-year-old girl injured in the incident told the website G1 that the police were to blame.

She said police sparked the stampede after they closed a street, lobbed pepper-gas canisters and fired rubber bullets.

"It was a policeman who attacked my daughter with a glass bottle," said the woman, who did not give her name.

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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Nine people were trampled to death early on Sunday after two suspects being chased by Brazilian police entered a Police officers were chasing two men riding a motorcycle when suspects fired guns against them in Paraisopolis, a poor neighborhood of Sao Paulo .

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Nine people were trampled to death early on Sunday after two suspects firing guns and being chased by Brazilian police entered a party with roughly 5,000 people, according to a police statement. Police officers were chasing two men riding a motorcycle when suspects fired

She went on: "When I saw her, I didn't recognize her. Her face was deformed, and she lost a lot of blood."

Globo television broadcast a video showing a person being kicked by a policeman, and said it had been filmed by a favela resident.

The Paraisopolis neighborhood association denounced the police action.

"Early this morning, young people were cornered in alleyways and killed," it said in a statement on social media. "We demand justice."

Paraisopolis is one of Sao Paulo's largest favelas, with 50,000 inhabitants. Many of them live in ramshackle houses along unpaved streets lacking basic services.

Locals defend the funk dances as an important outlet for the young.

But police spokesman Emiliano da Silva Neto said the parties provide cover for crime and illicit drug use, adding, "It's out of control."

Massera said that as police chased the two shooters into the street where the party was underway, they were met with a hail of stones and responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades.

Da Silva Neto said all those who died had been trampled, and none had been shot.

The military police have launched an investigation.

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