Rio: “Militias Advance; Eight Battalions Involved”

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Infographic from the “ex-blog” of Rio Mayor Cesar “Chairman” Maia shows reported sounds of gunfire in the city. The Red Zone is the Western District, reputed hog heaven of the militia protection rackets.

Investigations also led to the discovery of a plot by three military police troopers to assassinate precinct captain Martha Rocha of the 28th Police District (Campinho), who is leading an investigation into the expansion of militias in Rio.

Get that woman a bodyguard.

Secretaria de Segurança do Rio investiga o avanço de milícias na cidade (Último Segundo): Rio public safety authorities say the militia phenomenon is “on the rise.”

Um relatório da Subsecretaria de Inteligência (SSI) da Secretaria de Segurança do Rio mostrou que as milícias compostas por policiais e ex-policiais militares estão avançando na cidade. De acordo com o jornal O Globo, o documento aponta que estão envolvidos cerca de 150 PMs de oito batalhões, a metade do número de batalhões da capital fluminense, além de bombeiros e policiais civis.

A report from the undersecretary for intelligence of the State Public Security Secretary of Rio de Janeiro shows that militias made up of military police and ex-police are on the rise. According to the O Globo newspaper, the document points to the involvement of nearly 150 policemen from eight battalions, half the number of battalions in the city, as well as firemen and civilian state judicial police.

The ballpark figures I have in my head, however, are two oft-repeated but never substantiated numbers: 100 militias, 10-15 men per militia. Which would make 1,000 to 1,500 men. Let me read the O Globo report and see if they have any harder numbers.

O relatório foi entregue ao secretário de Segurança, José Mariano Beltrame, após o desaparecimento de Jorge da Silva Siqueira Neto, líder comunitário da favela Kelson’s, na Penha, zona norte do Rio. No último dia 8, Neto foi baleado e seqüestrado supostamente por PMs ligados à milícia que dominou a favela.

The report was delivered to state public security chief Beltrame after the disappearance of Jorge da Silva Siqueira Neto, a community leader from Kelson’s, in Penha, Northern District. On September 8, the man was shot and kidnapped, allegedly by troopers tied to the militia that dominated the shantytown.

On which see also

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Bat macumba oba: The Batman shield marks protected homes and businesses in Rio’s Western District — and appears on the campaign advertising of two local candidates. See Rio: “Armed Groups Interfere With Freedom of Association” for the paramilitary element in electoral politics … in regions of the city where, reportedly, you either watch the Rede Globo soaps on GatoNet or somebody freaking shoots you.

As investigações também levaram à descoberta de um plano de três PMs para matar a delegada Martha Rocha, da 28ª DP (Campinho). Ela conduz as investigações sobre a expansão das milícias no Rio.

Investigations also led to the discovery of a plot by three military police troopers to assassinate precinct captain Martha Rocha of the 28th Police District (Campinho), who is leading investigation into the expansion of militias in Rio.

Os grupos de policiais atuam realizando segurança clandestina em vários pontos da região metropolitana. Eles cobram taxas de “proteção” a comerciantes, moradores e transporte alternativo, além de explorar assinaturas clandestinas de TV.

These police groups are providing black-market security in various parts of the metro area. They collect “protection” fees from businessowners, residents and alternative transport providers, as well as operating black-market subscription TV networks.

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