No less than 18 individuals died on Thursday throughout a serious police raid in a dense warren of Rio de Janeiro slums, state army police mentioned, within the newest bloody confrontation in Brazil’s second-largest metropolis.
Tactical groups from Rio de Janeiro’s civil and army police raided the Alemao advanced to take down an alleged felony group. The group was suspected of involvement in cargo theft and financial institution robberies and was planning incursions into rival slums, the army police mentioned in a press release.
No less than 18 individuals died within the raid: one police officer, 16 alleged criminals and a feminine bystander, police mentioned. The operation concerned round 400 officers, 4 plane and 10 armored autos.
The lopsided demise toll ignited fears of rights abuses.
Residents transport a physique lined with a white sheet on a cart in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 21, 2022.AP
“There are indicators of main human rights violations, and the potential of this being one of many operations with the best variety of deaths in Rio de Janeiro,” the state public defender’s workplace mentioned in a press release.
The army police declined remark past their assertion.
Rio state police forces usually perform lethal raids within the metropolis’s sprawling slums. President Jair Bolsonaro helps heavy-handed ways by police of their combat towards organized crime, and has mentioned gangsters ought to “die like cockroaches.”
A police officer walks throughout an operation towards drug gangs in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 21, 2022. REUTERS
After the raid, locals might be seen bundling injured individuals into the again of autos to be taken to hospital as police watched. Gilberto Santiago Lopes, from the Anacrim Human Rights Fee, mentioned police refused to assist.
“We needed to carry them away in a beverage truck, after which flag a neighborhood resident of their automobile to take them to hospital,” he mentioned. “(The police) don’t purpose to arrest them, they purpose to kill them, so in the event that they’re injured, they suppose they don’t deserve assist.”
Residents stand subsequent to useless our bodies throughout a police operation towards drug gangs in Alemao slums advanced on July 21, 2022. REUTERS
Native residents have been livid and yelled on the police.
“We’re scared to reside right here,” one native screamed after the raid. “The place are we? Afghanistan? In a conflict? In Iraq? If they need a conflict, ship them to Iraq.”