Rio de Janeiro Governor Cláudio Castro Friday stood by the police's actions in Jacarezinho, claiming that the suspects' response had been “brutal.”
An anti-drug raid by Rio de Janeiro law enforcement agents Thursday left 24 suspects and one police officer dead in the precarious Jacareizinho favela.
Crowds gathered on Tuesday in a Rio de Janeiro cemetery to bury Marcelo Guimarães, the latest victim to be killed by police in Brazil, home to some of the world's deadliest security forces.
At least nine people were trampled to death and two others were injured early on Sunday in the chaotic aftermath of a police raid in a poor Sao Paulo neighbourhood, authorities said. Residents blamed the police for causing the panicky stampede, local media reported.
Pope Francis will visit a favela (slum) and meet young prisoners when he travels to Brazil on his first international trip as pontiff in July, the Vatican announced on Tuesday. The Argentine born pope who has said he wants to make concern for the poor a hallmark of his papacy, will visit the Manguinhos slum in Rio de Janeiro on the fourth day of his July 22-29 trip to the world's largest Catholic country.
Brazil might be the leading economy in Latin America and has had a significant performance in reducing poverty in recent years, but it still remains among the countries with he highest inequality in the region together with Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia, points out the UN-Habitar report.
Brazil’s wealthiest man, Eike Batista paid the equivalent of 285.000 US dollars for the inauguration suit of President Lula da Silva when he first took office in January 2002. The sale was part of a charity auction to collect funds for a famous Sao Paulo favela (shanty town) that goes by the name of Paraisopolis, (Paradise City).