The year has started hot and violent in several cities of Brazil.
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Do you will come to Brazil to the World Cup 2014? Really? Are you out of your mind??? Maybe you just like to live dangerously… In this case, you will come to the right place! If not, DO NOT COME TO BRAZIL! See the most recent news from the country of the World Cup and you will know why you should not to come to Brazil.
Reposted and updated on Friday, 7th February.
1. URBAN VIOLENCE IN SÃO PAULO
What we citizen who live honestly and peacefully can do when some of those who should to protect us are our most dangerous victimizers? Yes, this is Brazil where police – the Military Police – across the country is corrupt, and controlled and integrated by bandits who trust the impunity that comes with the uniform and a patent of police to commit crimes against the population. In Campinas, São Paulo, 12 people were murdered in different places along the night of 12th January, and all crimes were committed by military police officers in retaliation for the death of a military police officer in a gas station at that same day. The massacre sparked a wave of protests in the city. Several bus and a car were set ablaze. Five policemen were arrested on suspicion of participating in the Campinas massacre.
Attacks on buses in São Paulo. Since the end of last year, a wave of attacks on buses has led to the destruction of about more than 130 vehicles, 60 burned. An average of more than two buses per day are vandalized or set on fire in the city. The attacks are committed by criminals infiltrated in popular demonstrations to challenge the police and intimidate the population. Without an emergency plan to improve public security and without transportation because the bus companies are avoiding circular in various regions of the city, millions of workers who have no other means of transportation to get around are being harmed. The latest attack occurred Wednesday (29) on Highway M’Boi Mirim, in the south of the state capital (photo below).
2. PAEDOPHILIA IN AMAZONAS
Adail Pinheiro (photo at right), Mayor of Coari, city distant 363 km from Manaus, capital of Amazonas, responds to 70 processes in the Amazonas Justice and was a target from a Parliamentary Investigation Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, which investigates alleged involvement in a pedophile ring. Accusations were disclosed in a report aired on Fantástico program, of Globo Network. Adail Pinheiro is accused of abusing girls from 9 to 15 years.
3. CHAOS AND VIOLENCE IN MARANHÃO
The month of January was marked by the crisis in public security and violence in Maranhão state prisons in the Brazilian northeastern. In prison of Pedrinhas, in São Luís, capital of the state of Maranhão, more than 60 inmates were killed (follow the link to see the video with shocking scenes of the deads in the prison) in a rebellion that escaped the control of the government and took the streets of the capital, with a wave of attacks on buses and confrontations of criminals against the police forces. During one such attack, a bus was set on fire, killing the girl Ana Clara Santos Sousa of six years and seriously wounding five others.
A request of impeachmnent of the Maranhão governor Roseanna Sarney was made by prosecutors and the federal government threatened to intervene in the state. The case caught the attention of public opinion about the inhumane conditions of Brazilian prisons and the lack of public safety in the major capitals of the country. See image gallery.
4. TRANSIT AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION CHAOS IN RIO DE JANEIRO
Works to revitalize the center of Rio de Janeiro for the hosting of the World Cup are testing the patience of all cariocas citizens. The recent interdiction of Perimetral viaduct (Monday, 27th January), one of the main access routes to the city center, which is being demolished, caused a traffic chaos in the region. The interdiction on several streets, the reversing of several traffic directions, the eliminating of more than 2,000 parking spaces and the lack of street signs and traffic officers to guide motorists turned downtown Rio into a living hell all of that under a 40º C – the average summer temperature in Rio de Janeiro!
Supervia, the “Via Crucis” of every single day …
Last week (22th January), the derailment of a train of the Supervia – company that makes the transportation of passengers in the city – near of the downtown Central Station of Rio led to an interruption in commuter rail service over 10 hours, forcing passengers to face another day of chaos – without trains and without buses in sufficient number many people were unable to reach their workplaces.
Are you laughing of what, Secretary?
The problems in the Supervia are frequent and comes from long time, with delays, breakdowns, accidents and trains in poor state of repair – an explicit testament to the indifference of the government with public transportation and the neglect and the inability of the Supervia (nicknamed “Supervia Crucis” from users) to provide a dignified and decent service to the community. It’s unbelievable but it’s true. Read more here and see the photos.
What is so funny to you, Secretary? This photo above published by O Globo newspaper shows the Secretary of State for Transport Júlio Lopes (right) and Chairman of the Supervia (left) at the site of derailment.
Tragedy in expressway left five deads
A pedestrian walkway collapsed on the Yellow Line, a major expressway of Rio de Janeiro on the morning of Tuesday (28), after a truck collided with the structure and disrupted traffic throughout the day in both directions of the expressway, the main access to Barra da Tijuca. The accident left five dead and four injured. The fifth victim died this Wednesday. A mechanical failure may have been the cause of the accident – the conteiner of the truck lifted during the journey and crashed into the pedestrian walkway, which fell on two vehicles and hurled to the ground pedestrians who passed at the time of the collision.
The truck driver, Luis Fernando Costa, 30, suffered minor injuries. In a statement to police, he confessed that he was talking on a cell phone when the accident occurred. The driver will be prosecuted for manslaughter. The truck traffic in this expressway is prohibited between 6 and10 A.M. when the accident occurred. See the photo gallery.
Watch the video of the moment of the accident:
5. INFERNAL HEAT, BLACKOUTS AND WATER OUT IN RIO DE JANEIRO
Brazil is now suffering with a wave of extreme heat in several regions. The hottest summer in 30 years in Rio de Janeiro today marked its highest point: 40.8ºC in Santa Cruz, in the western of city. Combined with the lack of rain – no rain in the state capital over 3 weeks ago – the carioca still faces problems that are becoming recurring as lack of water in many areas (especially on the west side) and lack of electricity. In January, problems in the transmission lines of Light, the concessionaire responsible for providing energy to the city of Rio de Janeiro, and Ampla, responsible for bringing electricity to the Baixada Fluminense, Niterói and Lakes Region, left more than one million consumers in the dark for several hours.
On 12 January, in Ipanema, in the south zone of Rio, the theft of power cables caused an overload in the system and caused a fire in a transmitter line of Light, leaving residents without electricity for about 12 hours. Also, another old problem came back to haunt the locals: the explosion of culverts. On day 31, a culvert under the responsibility of Light exploded on Maria Quitéria Street, also in Ipanema, injuring a tourist from Santa Catarina.
Today, February 4, a blackout on the power grid left some southeastern, south and center-west states without power during the afternoon, reaching more than 3 million people. According to the National Electrical System Operator (ONS), the problem occurred in the North/Southeast interconnection line, where a transformer suffered overheating. The ONS also said that the power was fully restored in the country to 16h.
6. VIOLENCE AND LACK OF WATER IN FEDERAL DISTRICT
A wave of violence plaguing the Federal District recently. In January have been more than 70 murders in the federal capital. The numbers echo the state of calamity that gripped public safety as a result of a prolonged strike by military police that since the end of last year are making the call “go-slow operation” – to protest by the low wages. Delays to address the occurrences and the lack of patrolling of streets are some of the characteristics of this state to strike and contribute to the increase in crime and murders in the region.
Justice decreed the end of the strike in the Federal District. Still, there were 12 murders in just 48 hours, with only 10 last Sunday. The numbers are constantly increasing and make January a month with much to mourn in public security of the Federal District. Until last Thursday (6), rates accounted for the first 30 days of the year 75 violent deaths in the federal capital.
Beyond the violence, residents of Brasilia also are suffering with extreme heat and lack of water. A worker died and four others were injured on Thursday (6) after the rupture of a water main during maintenance work. The fatal victim was trapped for nearly 15 minutes inside the plumbing that was flooded quickly and came to be alive conducted in a helicopter to the hospital where he died of cardiorespiratory arrest by the amount of water that came into his lungs.
The other four workers were injured when they were thrown several meters away by the water pressure of the adductor ruptured. The accident left residents of Brasilia without water for more than 30 hours.
7. CHAOS IN THE SUBWAY, EXPLOSION OF GAS AND WATER RATIONING IN SÃO PAULO
A failure on the trains of Line 3 of the São Paulo subway caused some riots in stations on last Tuesday (6) and stopped for 5 hours the movement of trains in the rush hour (between late afternoon and early evening). Passengers were required to walk through the line and the company to cut off the power to prevent a tragedy while others users were prevented from entering the stations that were closed.
Disagreements between users and agents of the subway because of lack of information further angered the people that are waiting by hours at the stations. Delays and interruptions are frequent in São Paulo subway, and the users are suffering from the poor state of repair of trains in operation. Angry passengers started a riot that ended with several broken wagons and direct confrontation with the security agents of the subway.
A leak from an underground gas pipe in the Jardim Paulista west of the city caused an explosion in the early hours of Thursday that left three people injured. According to the Fire Department the victims are employees of the electricity company Eletropaulo who were working at the site when the explosion happened.
When firefighters arrived there were flames coming out of the culvert. A utility truck was hit and caught fire.
As if not enough all the problems of a big city, Sao Paulo now runs the risk of rationing the water supply due to lack of rainfall that has left the shells of the state nearly empty. Fourteen cities in the interior and coastal areas of São Paulo are already facing water shortages and the situation is also of concern in the capital. The main reservoir that supplies the city and region is one-fifth of capacity. Diadema and Guarulhos in the metropolitan area are already facing water shortages in some neighborhoods. And São Caetano at ABC is already receiving 20% less water.
8. VIOLENCE AND RIOTS IN RIO DE JANEIRO
A attack wave of criminals against UPPs (Pacifying Police Units), police stations and policemen come to plague Rio de Janeiro and overthrew the government scam that crime in the state decreased due to the implementation of the UPP. In two of these attacks a police officer was injured and another died. In response to the death of policewoman Alda Castilho, police carried out an operation at Morro do Juramento, in the north of the city. In the confrontation six people were killed and two policemen were injured. Police said all the dead were drug dealers. The commander of the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro Colonel Luis Castro denied that the security policy based on the Police Pacification Units (UPPs) is going through a crisis because of recurrent attacks of criminals against police stations installed in these communities.
Violence against tourists
On January 31, a Portuguese tourist couple was attacked by bandits in Rio de Janeiro. The car where were the Portuguese tourists was destroyed by gunfire. A photo was posted on the Internet by a Brazilian friend who accompanied the couple on the ride. Jorge Carvalho and Rosa Maria Van Schothorst were visiting the Tijuca National Park one of the main attractions of Rio de Janeiro. On output, around 6 PM, the tourists have found the path blocked by at least five bandits. They closed the lane with three cars and a motorcycle. The tourists managed to break the blockade but were persecuted by robbers who fired several shots. Jorge had leg injuries. Rosa Maria was shot in the elbow.
The protests still goes on
Just because the mainstream media does not want to show (or shows only from the point of view that matters to those who hold the power in the country) does not mean that ended the protests in Brazil. On the contrary, in the year of the World Cup, many pump will roll and much rubber bullets will be triggered at least until June this year when will start the Games of the FIFA World Cup.
On this Thursday (6), a peaceful protest against the increase in bus fares of the city gathered a few thousands of people on the streets in center of Rio de Janeiro but as has become routine since June last year, once again the police intervened to end the protest with the violence ever. Tear gas bombs were thrown at protesters, who responded with stones and fireworks.
The cameraman of TV Bandeirantes Ilídio Santiago Andrade was hit in the head by an explosive device – is not known whether released by police or protesters. The cameraman suffered a sinking of the skull and is hospitalized in serious condition. The commander of the 5th Military Police Battalion (BPM) Luis Henrique Marinho, did not hesitate to accuse members of the Black Bloc movement for the attack but the reporter from Globo News Bernardo Menezes that covered the event said in a statement that the explosive was released by military police. See in the photos below the moment when the cameraman is hit by the explosive device:
Watch the video below with images of the protest. At 1min03s is possible to see the explosive that hit the cameraman, probably a rocket, that can be bought in any fireworks store:
Six other people were injured during the protest and were taken to the Hospital Souza Aguiar – all are women. According to the Municipal Health Secretariat of Rio the cameraman arrived in a coma at the hospital. He suffered skull sinking, lost part of his left ear and has gone through a surgery in neurology sector. His condition is considered very serious.
During the protest demonstrators stormed the Central railway station in protest against the poor quality of public transport in the city. The police intervened and turned the station and nearby streets into a new scene of battle.
A sad episode in this novel of the neglect of the authorities with public transport and a torment to all citizens who will pay more for a service of poor quality. The passage of buses will increase from 2.75 to 3.0 reais (approximately US$ 1.20) an increase of 9 percent. A value greater than the 20 cents expected in increase in the last year and that sparked the wave of protests in the country since June. Read more about the protest here, on BBC Website, including another video with images of the protest and showing the moment when cameraman falls after being hit by the explosive.
This is Brazil today. Do you still really want to come to the 2014 World Cup??? Ok, do not say I didn’t warn you…