Brazilian military killing civilians

This video says about itself:

14 May 2018

In Brazil, a soldier killed a civilian on Saturday evening in a favela in the north of Rio de Janeiro.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Riots in Rio after civilian shot dead by military

RIOTS took place in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night after a civilian was shot in a military operation, with human rights organisations calling for an end to the killings.

A man was shot dead after he allegedly refused to stop his motorbike at a military roadblock in the north of the city, according to an army report.

His death sparked riots in Villa Militar, with buses torched and clashes with Brazilian security services.

Rio has been under military control since February after President Michel Temer’s right-wing coup administration ordered the army to move in to supposedly curb violence.

However, human rights groups and charities say that more than 200 civilians have been killed between February 16 and April 15, with two left-wing politicians among the dead, including activist Marielle Franco.

Mr Temer has been accused of targeting the poor and Brazil’s black community, with ousted former President Dilma Rouseff saying the military intervention was designed to create an enemy.

“In Brazil’s case, it is poor black people who live in periphery neighbourhoods … It’s not white people who live in Ipanema nor in Leblon”, she said.

With Lula behind bars, Brazilian democracy is still at stake: here.

Brazil’s flip-flopping over Lula’s release sparks protests: here.

FORMER US Democrat presidential nominee Bernie Sanders has sent a letter signed by 29 US politicians to Brazil’s ambassador in Washington demanding the release from jail of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The letter denounces the “highly questionable and politicised” sentencing of Lula, saying it was based on “unproven accusations”: here.

BRAZIL GENERAL EYES COUP An army general and far-right vice presidential candidate in Brazil has suggested that a military coup could be justified during a period of “anarchy.” [HuffPost]

6 thoughts on “Brazilian military killing civilians

  1. BRAZIL: The Pope’s special envoy has been blocked from delivering a handwritten letter from Francis to jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

    Pope Francis has previously condemned “state coups sponsored by conservative media,” referring to Brazil’s right-wing coup administration.

    Lula is currently jailed on trumped-up corruption charges but remains ahead in opinion polling for October’s presidential elections.


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