Protesters in Espirito Santo

An Urban War Zone – The violent crisis in the Espirito Santo state.

*Protest of residents in front of the police headquarters in Vitoria.
Photo credit:  Agência Brasil Fotografias – February 07, 2017

by Mario Saraiva, Co Editor and Writer at Brazil Talk

In an exclusive interview, a retired colonel of the Espirito Santo military police, Colonel José Nivaldo, explained the complexity of the wave crime in the State.

“I have been a police officer for 40 years and I have never seen anything close to this [situation in Espirito Santo]”.

“[The strike] started on Friday. By Saturday we had a state-wide dissatisfaction. Sunday, during the day, night, and Monday morning, a disproportionate number of crimes against patrimony, looting, thefts and homicides took place throughout the state.”

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A democratic Brazil doesn’t need a military police force

by Isabela Cunha

Policiais_ocupam_Complexo_do_Alemao
Police officers enter Complexo do Alemao, a favela in Rio de Janeiro

September 18th, 2014. It is 5 pm in São Paulo. Carlos Braga, a street vendor, is shot in the head while trying to protect his friend from the pepper spray used during a police blitz. He was unarmed. The police officer is taken into custody, but released four days later. According to the judge responsible for the case there were not enough elements to justify the imprisonment. The other police officers who witnessed the incident declared it was accidental.  Other witnesses declared it was deliberate murder.

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