Paulo Roberto Junior

Brazil's Drug War Targets the Black and Poor

The day before Easter started with killings in Rio de Janeiro. Five inhabitants were killed in the Complexo do Alemão, a slum in the northern part of the city. Among these, four of them lost their lives in a police anti-drug raid. This is just a part of the ongoing, and sometimes lethal, confrontations between cops and criminals within the favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro -- actions that are far more likely to effect young black men.

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