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Lawless Sao Paulo: 22 people killed over the weekend including the 90th cop

Monday, November 5th 2012 - 13:10 UTC
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Law and order seems out of control in Brazil’s largest city and financial hub. To the usual appalling crime statistics follows a rash of police officers killings. This weekend an off duty military police officer was the twenty second murder victim and the 90th killed in the city so far this year. Read full article

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  • Condorito

    An impoverished, violence ridden underclass – one of the essential ingredients in becoming a super power.

    Nov 05th, 2012 - 01:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @1

    Or not!

    I had real hope that Brasil would somehow, despite all the odds, manage to overcome this gang and corrupt officials (police included) related nightmare.

    Evidently not.

    And Lula managed the recent election of the Mayor! Some asset he is when he is known to have headed a vastly corrupt government.

    It seems to me the Army (if they are less corrupt than the police) need to carry out another slash and burn attack on the armed crime and this time use their heavy equipment and not stop until the heart of it is dead.

    It will result in a significant loss of life but unless you kill the PCC leaders, and their ‘soldiers’ and the dross waiting to take over, starting with the convicted criminals now in prison, nothing will be ever achieved.

    Heartless? Of course, but decisive action is the ONLY way to stop this blight on the poor.

    Nov 05th, 2012 - 05:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #1 Are you being ironic. The truth of course is that its not been a disqualification, look at the USA! But in all seriousness this is a huge problem Brazil needs to get on top of - and seems at least as bad as the crime used to try and delegitimise Chavez in Venezuela...

    Nov 05th, 2012 - 10:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    BK,
    Yes, I was being ironic.
    When was the last time you saw a superpower with an egalitarian society?

    Nov 06th, 2012 - 01:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #4 The Soviet Union? For all its faults this would never have happened there...

    Nov 07th, 2012 - 12:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    @5
    Stalin killed 50 million of his own people to unify his egalitarian society - give me Rio any day.

    Nov 07th, 2012 - 05:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #6 Give me today's Rio, today's Latin America, over Stalin's Russia, of course, but do you support the PT's attempts to combat poverty and violence or would you rather they kept a “violent underclass”?

    Nov 08th, 2012 - 03:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    BK
    I’m all for combating poverty and violence, provided measures are fiscally responsible, sustainable and don’t create disincentives to work.

    Our South American hedonism and egotistical culture means that European style socialist models are unlikely to ever take hold.

    Nov 08th, 2012 - 10:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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