As if over 420,000 deaths from the pandemic were not enough, Brazil now mourns the massacre of 27 people in a police operation that took place in the Jacarezinho favela in Rio de Janeiro.
Former President Dilma Rousseff condemned the gruesome episode, calling it the expression of a country under the mismanagement of an ignoble-minded government that justifies itself by stating that those shot during the incident were criminals.
A chacina no Jacarezinho, durante a pandemia com já 420 mil mortes, mostra um País em completo desgoverno onde reina a ignóbil e distorcida mentalidade expressa na frase do general Mourão: “mas, são todos bandidos”.
— Dilma Rousseff (@dilmabr) May 8, 2021
According to ex-president Rousseff, vice president General Mourão’s statement—“but they were all bandits”—reveals his true nature as an “exterminator of the civilian population;” as if he had an authorization from Brazilian law to do so.
Rousseff stressed that those responsible for the Jacarezinho massacre are conspicuous “and must be punished so that the Justice and Public Ministry are not themselves stained in blood.”
The bloodiest police operation
The Rio de Janeiro police operation that took place in the Jacarezinho favela became a scandal in a country now accustomed to mass deaths from the pandemic. According to the civilian organization Fogo Cruzado, this Thursday’s event was the second bloodiest in Rio de Janeiro.
The police killed around 27 people and, according to them, all those taken down were part of a criminal organization. The incident has become such a scandal that even the UN has intervened and requested an independent investigation of the case.
The United Nations has stated that the Brazilian police has a history of “disproportionate and unnecessary use of force.”
🇧🇷 El barrio de Jacarezinho en Río de Janeiro fue escenario este jueves de la «segunda mayor masacre de la historia de la ciudad», según la ONG Fogo Cruzado, un laboratorio de datos sobre la violencia armada.
— Agencia Red Global (@argmediosok) May 8, 2021
In addition to the fatal toll of the operation that took place in the middle of a residential area, former President Rousseff mentioned that this episode presented even more irregularities. She wrote in a tweet that what had occurred in Jacarezinho was “an affront to the Supreme Court, which had prohibited police actions taking place in the favelas during the pandemic.”
According to local media, the police assault was ordered by the governor of Rio de Janeiro, a well-known extreme right-wing crusader in cahoots with President Jair Bolsonaro.
Of the 27 deceased, one was a police officer and the remaining 26 were civilians.
Featured Image: In a Rio de Janeiro favela, 27 people were massacred in police violence. Photo: Ricardo Moraes / Reuters
(RedRadioVe) by Carlos Arellán
Translation: Orinoco Tribune