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Brazil: Police Raid on Rio Favelas Leaves At Least 18 Dead

Facts

  • On Thurs., at least 18 people died as tactical teams of Rio de Janeiro's state police raided a complex of favelas - or slums - known as Complexo do Alemão to tackle a group allegedly involved in cargo theft and bank robberies.
  • Two of the deceased included a bystander and a police officer, while the remainder are still unidentified.
  • Rio state police declared that the still unidentified casualties are likely to be criminals, claiming all of them died confronting security forces.

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Left narrative

Though not directly linked to operations carried out by state police, Pres. Bolsonaro has influenced them by defending legal immunities for police officers and promoting security policies based on increased violence. As a result, there has been a surge in police massacres in impoverished areas in Brazil.

Nerd narrative

There's a 29% chance that Jair Bolsonaro will be president of Brazil by 2023, according to the Metaculus prediction community.