Brazil’s Sao Paulo slums see a return to violence

Nearly 100 police officers are among 4,100 people killed this year in violence on Sao Paulo’s outskirts, which had abated. The gang known as PCC is believed to be largely responsible.

Renewed tension between police and Sao Paulo’s largest criminal gang are being blamed for a surge in violence in Brazil’s most populous state, where more than 4,100 people have been killed this year, including almost 100 police officers.

Analysts say a wave of executions of police officers has been carried out by First Command of the Capital, a two-decade-old gang known by the Portuguese initials PCC. It burst into the consciousness of more well-off Sao Paulo residents in 2006 when a series of deadly attacks shocked and paralyzed the city for days. MAIS…

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