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25 killed in Rio de Janeiro shoot-out as Brazilian police clash with drug cartel in favela (VIDEOS) — RT World News From “RT World News”



A massive police operation in Rio de Janeiro’s Jacarezinho slums resulted in the death of two dozen suspected criminals, one officer, and several injured police and civilians – including subway passengers caught in the crossfire.

More than 200 Brazilian police officers raided the third-largest favela in Rio, home to over 60,000 residents, on Thursday morning. Local media reported heavy gunfire and explosions in Jacarezinho, and spoke of rifle-armed militants jumping across roofs to escape the police.Multiple Brazilian social media users described the confrontation as “war.”One of the casualties was police inspector Andre Leonardo de Mello Frias, the civil police of Rio de Janeiro confirmed. There were 24 other fatalities in the raid, but their identities have not been released at this time.At least five people were injured – two police officers, a resident hit by a stray bullet inside their home, and two subway passengers who were on board the Line 2 car headed for Triagem station at the time of the gunfight. Dramatic video from the subway shows passengers cowering in fear after the bullets struck the car. Another, taken at the station afterward, shows a man tending to a head wound.Police were targeting Comando Vermelho (Red Command), a criminal organization suspected of drug and weapons trafficking. According to the newspaper O Globo, Thursday’s raid followed court-authorized surveillance that identified 21 criminals who were using force to keep parts of the slum under their control. The organization had hundreds of “soldiers” armed with rifles, pistols and hand grenades and wearing body armor, police said.Jacarezinho’s narrow alleys, barricaded by the criminals, made the use of armored vehicles impossible, O Globo reported. Police used helicopters instead. Three Covid-19 vaccination posts, including a family clinic, were temporarily closed due to the raid. 

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Thursday’s raid was the first major operation against organized crime since last June, when the Brazilian Supreme Court said such raids should be halted during the Covid-19 pandemic save in “absolutely exceptional cases.”It was the deadliest police raid since 2016, when the digital platform Fogo Cruzado (crossfire) began tracking armed violence in Brazil. “Unfortunately, the war scenario imposed by these gangs demonstrates the importance of operations so that criminal organizations do not get stronger,” the police said in a Facebook post.Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!







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Brazilian comedian's COVID-19 death unites nation in grief From “World”




The COVID-19 death of a popular comedian has prompted an outpouring of grief across all sectors of society in Brazil, a nation otherwise deeply divided over how to cope with the disease







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Five killed in attack at Brazilian nursery From “BBC News – World”



Five people have died after a man launched a machete attack at a nursery in Brazil, police say.The victims include three children all reported to be under two years old and two staff members.The attacker then turned the weapon on himself and is in critical condition in hospital, a police statement said.Read more: Five killed in machete attack at Brazilian nursery







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Three children, two staff killed in machete attack at Brazilian daycare centre From “World News”



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Machete-wielding youth kills 3 toddlers, 2 employees at Brazilian nursery school — RT World News From “RT World News”



A teenager has attacked a nursery school in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, killing three children, a teacher and an educational aide before injuring himself and being arrested at the scene, police have told local media.

Emergency services received calls for help from the kindergarten in Saudades, attended by young children aged between six months and two years, at around 10:35am local time on Tuesday.According to local reports, the callers said that a young man who had made his way into the building was attacking those inside with a machete. The perpetrator managed to stab several people before being apprehended.All of the victims were in the same classroom, while other teachers managed to lock themselves and the children in their care in other rooms. There were some 30 kids in the building at the time of the attack, according to police spokesman Jeronimo Marçal Ferreira.Two of the children reportedly died at the scene, while a third was rushed to hospital, where they succumbed to their wounds. The names and the ages of victims haven’t been disclosed.

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Before police arrived at the scene, the attacker apparently tried to commit suicide and seriously injured himself. He has been taken to a hospital under police supervision.The motives for the atrocity are currently unknown. The attacker was described as an 18-year-old male, who arrived at the nursing school on a bicycle. The police said that he had no apparent connection to the victims and no prior criminal record.”It’s an inexplicable tragedy. We’re putting teams together to support the families. It’s something that has no explanation,” Mayor of Saudades Maciel Schneider said.

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In a statement posted on Twitter, state governor Daniela Reinehr expressed her “deep sadness” over the tragedy and announced three days of mourning in memory of the victims.Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!







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Brazilian Army receives first of 32 new LMV-BR armored vehicles From “Defence Blog”



The Brazilian Army has taken delivery of the first LMV-BR armored vehicle in the framework of the VBMT-LR 4×4 program (Viatura Blindada Multitarefa, Leve de Rodas).As noted by the Italian truck-maker Iveco, the first of 32 LMV-BR has been delivered to the Brazilian Army during a ceremony held at Iveco Defence Vehicles’ plant in Sete Lagoas (MG).The event was attended by representatives of the company and of the Brazilian Army. The remaining 31 units of this lot will be delivered by 2022 as part of the Army modernization process. – ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW – In addition to LMV’s well-known standard features, all these vehicles are fitted with customized weapon and Command and Control systems, as required by the customer. The LMV-BR was chosen in 2015 by the Brazilian Army as the new Viatura Blindada Multitarefa, Leve de Rodas (VBMT-LR). The final assembly of the vehicles is carried out at the Sete Lagoas plant, where several National components are integrated. The project foresees the acquisition of 186 units, Iveco Defence Vehicles expects to start production of the next batches in 2022.Iveco Defence Vehicles is already supplying the Brazilian Army with the Guarani VBTP 6×6 amphibious armored family of vehicles. More than 480 units have now been delivered since 2012, after the signature in 2009 of the production contract. Several units of VBTP 6×6 have already been exported to other customers.The effective partnership between Iveco Defence Vehicles and the Brazilian Army is now consolidated with this second line of a product while Sete Lagoas plant is demonstrating its paramount importance in strengthening the National Defence industrial base in the land systems domain, with a fully qualified workforce and top-level technical capabilities together with a network of local suppliers and partners.







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Brazilian Senate opens inquiry into Bolsonaro’s COVID handling | Coronavirus pandemic News From “Al Jazeera – Breaking News, World News and Video from Al Jazeera”



Investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro comes as Brazil is set to surpass 400,000 coronavirus deaths this week.Brazil’s Senate has opened its inquiry into President Jair Bolsonaro‘s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the South American country rapidly approaches the sombre milestone of 400,000 coronavirus-related deaths.
The government of Bolsonaro, a far-right COVID-19 sceptic who has downplayed the virus and rebuffed efforts to enact public health restrictions, is facing widespread criticism for Brazil’s high coronavirus death toll and infection rates.
More than 391,000 people have died in Brazil – the second highest death toll after the United States – while at least 14.3 million cases have been recorded to date, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.
The parliamentary commission – known by its Portuguese acronym CPI – will investigate whether federal or state officials were criminally negligent or corrupt in their handling of the pandemic, as well as whether Bolsonaro sabotaged public health measures.
A catastrophe that struck the Amazonian city of Manaus, where hospitals ran out of oxygen and other much-needed supplies during a surge of infections earlier this year, will also be investigated.

“The performance of the government in tackling the pandemic was the worst it could have been,” Humberto Costa, a former health minister and senator with the left-wing Worker’s Party, told Al Jazeera earlier this month about the probe.
Political analyst Andre Rehbein Sathler, of news site Congresso em Foco’s research unit, told the AFP news agency that the investigation “is going to create a lot of problems for the president”.
“They don’t even really need an investigation. The government’s actions on the pandemic are there for all to see,” he said.
“Not just omissions, but actions. The administration went to the Supreme Court to try to block states’ social distancing measures, it refused to purchase vaccines, it minimised the pandemic.”
Bolsonaro has defended his government’s handling of the pandemic, saying public health curbs, such as lockdowns, would harm the economy.
“We’re not going to accept this politics of stay home and shut everything down,” he told a crowd of supporters earlier this month, again refusing to impose a national lockdown.

On Friday, Bolsonaro suggested he could send the army out onto the streets if lockdown measures aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19 lead to chaos.
“That lockdown policy, of quarantine, is absurd. If we have problems … we have a plan of how to act. I am the supreme head of the armed forces,” he said in an interview with TV Critica.
Observers have said the Senate inquiry could hurt Bolsonaro’s chances of re-election in polls scheduled for next year.
The former army captain is widely expected to be challenged by left-wing former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has slammed Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic and said: “Brazil will not withstand it if this man continues to govern in this way.”
The 11 Senate commissioners have the power to subpoena documents and compel witnesses to testify, and they can submit their findings to police or other authorities with the power to prosecute wrongdoing.
The news website UOL reported on Sunday that an internal administration document anticipated 23 possible lines of investigation, including politicising the pandemic and negligence in purchasing vaccines.
Brazil’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been plagued by delays.
Brazil is expected to surpass 400,000 coronavirus-related deaths later this week [File: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters]The country’s regulator gave the green light to two COVID-19 vaccines – AstraZeneca and CoronaVac – in January and has also approved the Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson shots, which have yet to arrive in the country.
While daily coronavirus infections and deaths have slowed slightly this month, Brazil is on track to surpass the 400,000-deaths mark later this week. The pandemic’s heavy toll is also creating widespread food insecurity and leaving millions of Brazilians hungry.







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