Keep up with the news by installing RT’s extension for . Never miss a story with this clean and simple app that delivers the latest headlines to you.

 

Rio’s Olympics neighborhood hit by riots after killing blamed on police

Published time: April 23, 2014 10:17
Edited time: April 23, 2014 11:20
A military policemen stands in position during a violent protest in a favela next to Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro on April 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Christophe Simon)

A military policemen stands in position during a violent protest in a favela next to Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro on April 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Christophe Simon)

Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro has erupted into violence after a popular TV dancer was allegedly killed by police in a slum, just a few hundred meters away from a venue for the 2016 Olympics. Angry local residents bombarded police with homemade weapons.

Rio de Janeiro's state military policemen aim their guns during a violent protest in a favela next to Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro on April 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Christophe Simon)

The Pavao-Pavaozinho favela, which is not far from Copacabana, a major tourist destination in the city, was closed after residents gathered, demanding to know why Douglas Rafael de Silva Pereira had been killed. The 25 year-old was well known for appearing on Brazilian television as a dancer. Locals blamed the police for his death.

Gun shots could be heard, while many fires had been started within the vicinity. There were also a number of burned-out cars, as inhabitants clashed with elite police units who had been brought in to try and restore order.

“The police beat my friend to death, just like they've tortured and killed in other communities,” local resident Johanas Mesquita told AP. “This effort to pacify the favelas is a failure. The police violence is only replacing what the drug gangs carried out before.”

Brazil’s O Globo newspaper also reported that a 12-year-old boy had been shot dead in the resulting clashes. It was not clear who killed him.

Brazilian Police Special Force members detain a man during a violent protest in a favela near Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on April 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Christophe Simon)

The latest violence comes just six weeks before the 2014 World Cup is due to take place in Brazil, with Rio de Janeiro hosting the final. England’s squad has chosen their base for the event in Copacabana, not far from where the rioting took place.

The aquatics center, which will host the swimming events at the Rio 2016 Olympics, is located just couple of hundred meters away from where the clashes took place.

A Brazilian Police Special Forces member takes position during a violent protest in a favela near Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on April 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Christophe Simon)

With the spotlight on the country after it won the right to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, a security program was implemented in 2008 to try and pacify the favelas, which had become over run by drug gangs. However, heavy-handed tactics have brought condemnation from local residents and have led to frequent clashes between law enforcement officers and those living in the slums.

Residents run for cover during violent clashes between protestors and Brazilian Police Special Forces in a favela near Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on April 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Christophe Simon)

Comments (5)

 

South African Guy 12.05.2014 10:26

The people of the world support this by watching a bunch of ill-educated cry babies run around on a patch of grass chasing a ball. WATCH LESS TV!!

 

Edrick Patward 25.04.2014 19:36

Why is it the simpletons who post here always blame the US regardless the topic? If the country these people live in is so great explain to me where their greatness lies. I see very few countries sacrificing young adults fighting terrorism abroad,aiding other countries in crisis,we spend trillions in foreign aide,supplying food to poor countries and the list goes on.
Sadly corruption from politicians and corporations comprised of unscrupulous,morally vacant beings lusting insatiably for profits & power can't be helped as long as cash controls the election process.These are the ones who create this hate from abroad.

 

John M. Wadsworth 25.04.2014 04:03

Ancient Knowledge 23.04.2014 16:00

Same everywhere... US trained them more than likely.

  


Nah. The Brazilians didn't need U.S. training to act like this. They've been at it for a long time. For many years, it has been common for authorities to pick up the dead bodies of poor children off the streets every morning; children who were killed because they supposedly ruined business for merchants. One Brazilian deputy AG tried to investigate this, but was stopped by higher-ups.

Brazil should never have gotten the Olympic bid. It's corruption and treatment of the poor is heart-rending.

View all comments (5)
Add comment

Authorization required for adding comments

Register or

Name

Password

Show password

Register

or Register

Request a new password

Send

or Register

To complete a registration check
your Email:

OK

or Register

A password has been sent to your email address

Edit profile

X

Name

New password

Retype new password

Current password

Save

Cancel

Follow us

Follow us