Violence in Copacabana: where will it take us?

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Pavão-Pavãozinho in more peaceful times, with investment in new construction after pacification Pavão-Pavãozinho in more peaceful times, with investment in new construction after pacification

Each new tragic event in Rio points up the weaknesses of Brazil’s democracy:

  • a justice system that often fails to serve all citizens fairly and value the greater good
  • great mistrust of the media, the police, the justice system, politicians and other institutions
  • poor education levels
  • public policies that are viewed as belonging not to the state but to a particular government administration
  • power vacuums (in Rio, created by the demotion of drug traffickers whose territories are pacified), readily occupied by police, without sufficient training or policy considerations.

A judge allowed a Pavão-Pavãozinho favela drug trafficker, Adauto « Pitbull »do Nascimento Gonçalves, to go home for a family visit and he never returned. This disturbed the tenuous peace in the pacified favela, part of which, aptly named « Vietnam », slipped out of police control several months ago. The shift took place in the context…

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