Clowns & Jokers

Stuck in the middle.... Left, right, centre. It's a mess out there.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Pot & Kettle (emblazoned with skull)

  • Army withdraws from Rio slums

  • Reading this article and the difficulties facing the Brazilian police in tackling the slums of Rio, vast shanty towns which straddle the city and from which vantage point druglords pretty much have the upper hand and are merely controlled by the police, I did wonder again what on earth the Brazilian police and government were thinking sending over little taskforces to ‘keep an eye’ on the IPCC investigation last August. Considering their own abysmal approach and track record. I came to the conclusion that it must have been the Mets looking at a Kratos rebranding exercise?

    "Amnesty International on Monday urged an end to (Brazilian) police use of six-wheeled armored personnel carriers in shantytowns, saying they promote indiscriminate killing. The vehicle, known as the "caveirao" or big skull, is painted black and emblazoned with a skull impaled on a sword, the emblem of Rio's special operations police."


    And that's certainly a robust, government supported, approach they have to their own problems then. I really do wonder if it isn’t just the Brazilian government bleating on cue for the sake of it and simply our hand-wringing msm seizing on this and milking it for their own caiboshing agenda.

    (I also cant sometimes help but wonder what would happen if we/they legalized drugs and got a grip of gun control?)


    At Wednesday, 15 March, 2006, Blogger City Troll said...

    Legalizing drugs is an issue that just for the simple reason of controll might be good idea Monica and I argue about this every time the subject comes up, but as for Gun Control its easy you hold it steady in your hand take aim and gently squeze the trigger thats Gun control

    At Wednesday, 15 March, 2006, Anonymous alison said...

    lol Troll. With gun control im thinking a lot more down the lines of corruption within the army and police forces there.

    btw - the italic word should read 'contains' not 'controls'.

    At Wednesday, 15 March, 2006, Blogger Jo said...


    Some years ago my mothers' relatives from Brazil visited us in Ireland. At the time I think there was some controversy about the ganfs of children who lived on the streets and begged. There was some UK coverage about these children, erm, basically being killed by vigilantes.

    My mothers relatives didnt seem to have a problem with that. I was needless to say, quite shocked. Has that situation worsened or improved over your time in/association with Brazil?

    At Wednesday, 15 March, 2006, Anonymous alison said...

    Brazilian family?!

    Its improved a lot.

    'Street cleansing' was a disgusting but accurate term used to describe the actions of police paid by corporations in the 80s. They would execute street kids from favelas who appeared in areas of Rio - basically where they werent wanted and where they affected tourism. Kids would operate what was called a 'sweep' for example and sweep down and rob tourists at Copacabana.

    Many Brazilians shrugged their shoulders to these brutal police actions. They couldnt handle it. That is to say both emerging business and society couldnt handle it and turned a blind eye in a desperate struggle. Noone knew how to get around the petty crime and fractions that would be to us at least, unimaginable. It wasnt widely publicised but happened. Thousands of desperate children wandering the streets at night would be executed.

    This doesnt happen on the same scale as it used to be but is still exists to a degree. Not openly in Rio but in the favelas. Today it is different in that Brazilians are very concerned and are challenging this. More money,leading to general improvements on a nos of levels means people are more aware of what is happening in their society and willing to challenge it openly and with a degree of success. That said in the lawless favelas druglords still execute kids for the hell of it (dont know if youve seen City of God but druglords havent changed their perspective).

    Lulas influence has helped. Brazil is benefiting from tourism investment and prosperity. You still encounter poverty but there is no way Alex for example would ignore it, not give money or be concerned about injustice. The 80s were a breakaway moment.

    But within the favelas its still guerilla urban warefare and anything goes. They say favelas of Rio but in reality these are seperate cities living lawlessly. Hence the forceful control.

    At Thursday, 16 March, 2006, Blogger Jo said...


    Thanks, I think the late 80s was when they visited. One of my even more radical phases! :)

    My great grandfather's brother went to Brazil in the 1890s. His descendants still live there today. It was astonishing to see a well tanned gentleman in his sixties who was the image of my own great grandfather and gran-uncle as seen in old photos, standing in our house!

    His complacency over the mass murder of children though was something I didnt forget (obviously!)


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