Rio: The Massive Overkill of a Man With a Van

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Carobinha, Rio de Janeiro: Underground Rio van service vehicle, stuffed with black-clad corpses wearing combat boots. See Rio de Janeiro: “Carobinha Death Toll Reaches 10.″

Militar morto com mais de 60 tiros foi expulso da PM em 1998 (G1/Globo): Slain military policeman was kicked off the force in 1998.

And I guess if I am reading this right, readmitted.

On “alternative transportation” in Rio, see also

O policial militar Estefano José Avelino de Oliveira, 34 anos,encontrado morto, com mais de 60 tiros, dentro de um carro na noite de terça-feira (2), na região de Jardim Bangu, em Bangu, Zona Oeste do Rio, foi expulso da corporação em 1998. Quem conta é o delegado-substituto da 34ª DP (Bangu), Renato Bezerra.

Military police trooper Estefano José Avelino de Oliveira, 34, found death with more than 60 bullet wounds in a car Monday night in the Jardim Bangu area of the Western Zone, was expelled from the police force in 1998, according to the acting captain of the 34th Police District (Bangu), Renato Bezerra.

O delegado não soube informar o motivo da expulsão do PM.  A assessoria de comunicação da PM confirmou as informações do delegado, e ficou de averiguar as causas da expulsão do policial.

The captain could not provide a reason for the trooper’s expulsion. The PM press office confirmed the captain’s report and said the cause of his expulsion still need to be looked into.

I guess the computer must be down.

De acordo com a polícia, o corpo do policial foi encontrado dentro de um Audi. A vítima tinha mais de 60 perfurações a bala. A polícia investiga se o crime tem ligação com a máfia das vans de Nova Iguaçu, na Baixada Fluminense, e Jacarepaguá, na Zona Oeste do Rio.

According to police, the policeman’s body was found inside an Audi, with more than 60 bullet holes in it. The police are investigating whether the crime is related to the alternative transport (“van”) mafia in Nova Iguaçu and Jacarepaguá, in the city’s western district.

Because the city buses do not run in off-the-grid communities, VW vans and motorbike taxis provide the service. It’s an example of the fabled jeitinho — “workaround,” “kludge.”

Community alt.transport entrepreneurs say they are suspectible to really, really, really hostile takeovers, and a really, really demanding black-market tax code.

I wonder if those risks are priced into the microcredit business model championed by the likes of Viva Rio?

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