Rio: “Paramilitary Land Grab”

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Bat macumba oba: The Batman shield marks protected homes and businesses in Rio’s Eastern District — and the campaign advertising of two local candidates.

The catch is that presiding over the probe of affair is state judicial policeman Jerônimo Guimarães Filho of the PSDB. Its reporting officer [relator], meanwhile, is Nadinho of Rio das Pedras of the DEM-PFL. Both are cited in reports as suspected of heading militias in their respective districts.

Milícias loteiam e cobram ingresso pela utilização de áreas públicas: Sérgio Ramalho and Luiz Ernesto Magalhães of O Globo report that “militias are taking over land and charging admission for the use of public areas” in the Western Zone of Rio.

The state judicial police have notably taken the lead in antidrug operations in recent months, especially after the 15th BPM scandal broke out.

A more recent report — on alleged collusion by federal officers with the drug traffic, based on bribery, bylined to Ramalho — is being challenged by federal authorities. We will have to keep an eye on that.

As David Sasaki might say, “fear and misinformation abound!”

The reporting on the “parapolitical” angle is, however, consistent, at least, with what has been reported before on the subject. See, for example

Surely some revelation is at hand?

RIO – Investigações da Polícia Civil revelam que as milícias vêm estendendo suas atividades à grilagem e aos loteamentos ilegais de áreas públicas e privadas em Jacarepaguá, no Recreio dos Bandeirantes e na Barra da Tijuca, na Zona Oeste. No Gardênia Azul, em Jacarepaguá, por exemplo, grades impedem o acesso das crianças a um campo de futebol semigramado. Para jogar no espaço, cada time tem que pagar R$ 20. Neste caso, a praça pública é controlada pelo sargento bombeiro Cristiano Girão, suspeito de chefiar a milícia na região, conforme mostra a reportagem do Globo deste domingo.

State police investigations reveal that militias are extending their activities to [land-grabs] and illegal housing developments in public and private areas in Jacarepaguá, in the Recreio dos Bandeirantes neighborhood, and in the Barra da Tijuca, in the Western Zone. In the Gardênia Azul area of Jacarapaguá, for example, a fene prevents access by children to a football field. To play on the field, each team must pay R$20. In this case, the public area is controlled by fire brigade sergeant Cristiano Girão, suspected of heading the militia in the area, as a Globo report shown this Sunday shows.

In Planet of Slums, Mike Davis describes how urbanization plans for off-the-grid urban spaces — resulting in higher property values — can often result in land-grab schemes along these general lines.

People who are to be benefited by such programs with legitimate title to their property, and the introduction of public infrastructure to their neighborhoods, wind up dispossessed and cast into the outer darkness.

You would be surprised how much property values enter into arguments in favor of the paramilitary phenomenon that you read. See also

On the term grilagem, see also

As áreas com maior incidência de irregularidades são Rio das Pedras, Gardênia Azul, Camorim, Anil (Jacarepaguá), Terreirão (Recreio), Vargem Grande, Vargem Pequena e Itanhangá. Além do trabalho da polícia, a expansão desse tipo de atividade pode ser avaliada pelo número de intimações emitidas à Secretaria Municipal de Obras: 111 nos últimos dez meses. Todas por ocupação irregular de áreas públicas no Recreio, em Vargem Grande, Vargem Pequena e Camorim.

The areas with the highest incidence of irregularities are Rio das Pedras, Gardênia Azul, Camorim, Anil (Jacarepaguá), Terreirão (Recreio), Vargem Grande, Vargem Pequena and Itanhangá. Besides the police work, the expansion of this type of activity can also be measured by the number of tickets issued by the city works secretary: 111 in the last ten months, all for irregular occupations of public areas in the Recreio, Vargem Grande, Vargem Pequena and Camorim.

Acusados de chefiar milícias dirigem CPI

Aldermen accused of heading militias presiding over parliamentary inquiry

Segundo dados da Secretaria municipal de Urbanismo entregues à CPI da Câmara dos Vereadores que investiga as irregularidades, os loteamentos em situação irregular são mais de 300 na região da Zona Oeste. O detalhe é que o presidente da CPI é o policial civil Jerônimo Guimarães Filho, o Jerominho (PSDB), e o relator, o líder comunitário Josinaldo Francisco da Cruz, Nadinho de Rio das Pedras (DEM). Os dois parlamentares, no entanto, são citados em inquéritos por suspeita de chefiar as milícias em seus redutos eleitorais.

According to data from the city secretary of urban planning, handed over to the city council probe of these cases, there are more than 300 irregular developments in the Western Zone. The catch is that presiding over the probe is state judicial policeman Jerônimo Guimarães Filho of the PSDB, which its reporting officer is Nadinho of Rio das Pedras of the DEM-PFL. Both are cited in police investigations as suspected of heading militias in their respective districts.

On Nadinho, see

I do not wish to be alarmist, but I am thinking maybe we ought to vacation elsewhere than Rio this year until this stuff sorts itself out.

Or at least until after the municipal elections next year. In which local candidates seem to be supported by armed groups with organized crime ties.

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