At least 18 dead in Brazilian police raid on Rio favelas

by | Jul 21, 2022 | World

State public defender’s office says ‘there are signs of major human rights violations’ in raid on Complexo do Alemao.At least 18 people have been killed in a Brazilian police raid on a sprawling complex of favelas in Rio de Janeiro, state military police said, in the latest deadly police operation in the city’s impoverished communities.
A law enforcement officer and a woman who lived in the area were among the 18 people who died in Complexo do Alemao on Thursday, while 16 others are believed to be members of organised crime groups, a police spokesperson said during a news conference.
“It’s a massacre inside, which police are calling an operation,” one woman told The Associated Press news agency, speaking on condition of anonymity because she feared reprisals from authorities.
“They’re not letting us help [victims],” she added, saying she saw one man arrested for attempting to do so.
A police officer takes part in the operation in Complexo do Alemao, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [Silvia Izquierdo/AP Photo]
Tactical teams from Rio de Janeiro’s civil and military police raided the favela to take down a group suspected of involvement in cargo theft and bank robberies, and that invaded nearby neighbourhoods, the military police said in an earlier statement.
It said about 400 officers were involved, with support from four aircraft and 10 armoured vehicles.
Thursday’s raid was the latest fatal police operation in a Rio de Janeiro favela, the likes of which have prompted concerns from rights groups for years.
In May of last year, more than two dozen people were killed in a raid in the city’s Jacarezinho favela, prompt …

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