Skip to comments.São Paulo murder spree leaves at least 140 dead in a fortnight
Posted on 11/12/2012 6:53:47 AM PST by BenLurkin
At least 140 people have been murdered in São Paulo over the past two weeks in an outbreak of violent crime that has prompted early school closures, a change of municipal bus routes and street demonstrations. In September 144 people were killed. The causes are manifold, but a major factor appears to be an undeclared war between the largest criminal militia and the police, which has led to drive-by shootings, ambushes and other killings.
After initially denying the link, officials from the public safety department told local newspapers at the weekend that many of the killings of police had been ordered by imprisoned leaders of the First Capital Command criminal group in reprisal for a crackdown on the drug trade.
Non-governmental organisations, however, say the responsibility also lies with militias formed by former and serving police officers, who are used to skimming profits off the drug trade. So far this year, 92 former and current police officers have been gunned down.
Last week state and federal police said they would combine forces to create a new intelligence agency to counter the resurgent threat posed by organised crime
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It’s cool, Obama won.
That’s a whole lot of shootin’ going on. But also remember that he metro Sao Paulo population was 11.3M in 2011.
Cross this off the list of countries I will visit...
What is this rampage in São Paulo, are they turning into Chicago?
Isn’t Brazil one of those economies that is supposed to overtake the late great United States in the very near future?
yep, that’s what he’s bringing here.
Behold LA in a few years.
I case y’all forgot, the World Cup..the greatest sporting event in the world, comes to Brazil in 2014...should be something to behold..
Sounds just like amerika!
**Last week state and federal police said they would combine forces to create a new intelligence agency to counter the resurgent threat posed by organized crime** Just what they need. Another agency!