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Sao Paulo City gripped in a “civil war” between organized crime and the police, says top Judge

Monday, November 26th 2012 - 04:35 UTC
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A Brazilian magistrate described the wave of killings in Sao Paulo city as a ‘civil war’ between organized crime and unsupported police forces to which the local population is closing its eyes. Read full article


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  • ChrisR

    I LIKE Judge Fausto de Sanctis!

    A man of sense and with a full grasp on the reality of the situation.

    Of course there must be a harsh reaction by the authorities to the criminals (as long as the effect on innocent bystanders is minimised) and extra-judicial killings are necessary when the normal course of the law is ignored in this manner.

    I still think they should start by executing all the convicted members of First Command from the Capital, (PCC) who are in jail AND STILL in control of their areas and the criminal members, by previous accounts.

    The authorities do of course need to sort the police force out in a similar manner to Rousseff and her purge on corruption in the government.

    A very difficult situation where blood WILL be spilt before it is all resolved.

    This is the legacy that the ‘peoples hero’ Lula da Silva obviously failed to tackle to a conclusion.

    Nov 26th, 2012 - 01:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Forgetit should comment on this posting. He is much closer to these battles than the rest of us. He may even support the judge; he may even support the police. What we really need is his insight from the streets and favelas of Sao Paulo.

    Nov 26th, 2012 - 07:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR


    Is he still living? ;o)

    Nov 26th, 2012 - 10:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    I think he views occasionally, but his comments became increasingly erratic, sometimes almost troll-like.

    Nov 27th, 2012 - 10:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    The last paragraph is a bit insensitive; with so many people losing their lives, I wouldn't see someone losing a highly paid job for their failure to deal with the problem as being a “victim” in quite the same way!

    #1 Sure Lula failed to deal with this problem, and as with corruption I expect Dilma is going to be tougher and more successful, but the roots of the problem are with your “heroes”, the right who ran Brazil until Lula and let both corruption and crime, two sides of the same coin really, run so out of control in the first place, along with poverty and inequality...

    Nov 27th, 2012 - 09:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @5 BSK

    It's always someone else who causes the problem with you, is it not.

    And what did your mate Lula do about it: he jumped on the train with the rest of the crooks.

    At least, and at last, you are seeing some sense and supporting Roussseff, about time too.

    Nov 28th, 2012 - 12:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    B_K @ 5
    as I have pointed out to you many times,
    Lula was part of the problem .. not part of the solution.

    The problem was neither Right or Left, but it just happens to be absolutely true that the Left - as a maxim - treat it as a political axiom that they have a given right to rip apart the patterns of ownership of money and property by whatever means available.

    No feelings of guilt, just a 'God'-given right to rip the money from the pockets of the people
    ... not for the people, but for themselves.

    Nov 28th, 2012 - 02:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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