RIO DE JANEIRO — A police operation concentrating on drug sellers in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday morning left a minimum of 25 folks lifeless, together with a police officer, within the deadliest shootout within the metropolis in a number of years, in keeping with native press stories.
The gun battle in Jacarezinho, a poor and working-class district managed by the drug gang generally known as Comando Vermelho — Purple Command — wounded a minimum of two subway passengers who had been struck as their practice was caught within the crossfire.
Residents and human rights activists accused the police of utilizing extreme pressure and questioned why the operation was launched in any respect, given a Supreme Courtroom ban on legislation enforcement raids within the metropolis throughout the pandemic.
Nadine Borges, vp of the human rights fee at Brazil’s bar affiliation, stated a workforce of legal professionals gathering details concerning the raid had heard chilling preliminary accounts.
“There have been executions of people that had already surrendered,” she stated. “It was absolute barbarism.”
As of Thursday afternoon, the police had not supplied an official demise toll or an in depth account of what led to the gun battle.
The Reuters information company quoted the police chief, Ronaldo Oliveira, as calling it the deadliest police operation within the metropolis’s historical past.
Elected officers from Rio de Janeiro who’ve been essential of the police’s file of draconian ways denounced the raid, utilizing a hashtag calling it a slaughter.
“The slaughter in Jacarezinho is a typical instance of the barbarities that occur in favelas in Rio,” Talíria Petrone, a federal lawmaker from Rio de Janeiro, stated in an announcement. “It’s the state doing the minimal to ensure rights and doing the maxim to repress and kill.”
Ms. Petrone, citing an account her workforce acquired from the neighborhood, stated the physique of one of many folks killed had been left in public view, with a severed finger hanging from his mouth — “for the inhabitants to see.”