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Amnesty said killings in Rio's favelas have increased alarmingly ahead of Olympics

Thursday, April 28th 2016 - 07:27 UTC
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“Residents in many of Rio de Janeiro's favelas are living in terror after at least 11 people have been killed in police shootings since the beginning of the month” “Residents in many of Rio de Janeiro's favelas are living in terror after at least 11 people have been killed in police shootings since the beginning of the month”

Amnesty International said on Wednesday that residents of Olympic host Rio de Janeiro's slum favelas are “living in terror” after 11 people were killed in police shootings in the past month. The rights group said at least 307 people were killed by police in the city last year and called on Brazilian authorities to take action in the 100 days ahead of the start of the Rio Games on August 5.

 Victims of police killings account for one in every five homicides in the Olympic city, according to Amnesty.

“Residents in many of Rio de Janeiro's favelas are living in terror after at least 11 people have been killed in police shootings since the beginning of the month,” the group said.

Authorities “have increasingly taken a hard-line approach against mainly peaceful street protests,” said an Amnesty statement.

“Despite the promised legacy of a safe city for hosting the Olympic Games, killings by the police have been steadily increasing over the past few years in Rio,” said Atila Roque, head of Amnesty International Brazil.

“Many have been severely injured by rubber bullets, stun grenades and even firearms used by police forces during protests,” Roque added.

According to Amnesty figures, Rio state police killed 580 people in 2014 when the country hosted the World Cup. That figure was up 40% on 2013 and has since risen to 645 in 2015.

Amnesty said “it is not possible to link this rise in police killings directly to the preparations for the Olympic Games” but added “the statistics reveal a clear pattern of excessive use of force, violence and impunity that taints public security institutions.”

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  • ChrisR

    Clearing out the drug dealers and other non-desirables by the look of it.

    Apr 28th, 2016 - 12:51 pm 0
  • Jack Bauer

    AI as usual, only divulges one side of the story, Conveniently omits the number of policemen assassinated in cold blood while off duty, or killed while on the job, not to mention that if organized crime hadn't got such a firm grip on the city, there would be no need for armed confrontation between the police and the criminals. The slum dwellers, whether they like it or not, by keeping their mouths shut and giving cover to the criminals, deserve what they get.

    Apr 28th, 2016 - 04:09 pm 0
  • Briton

    The torch is on its way,
    lets hope it arrives in one piece.

    Apr 28th, 2016 - 07:05 pm 0
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