Brazil: Great read in Brazil’s slums, residents band together to protest Police shootings / Vincent Bevins 

It was Holy Thursday, and Udson Freitas was sitting on the balcony of his small house in the Complexo do Alemao favela when a girl ran onto his street below, screaming.

“They killed my brother! They killed my brother!”

Freitas ran down his steps, and was shocked to see that it was 14-year-old Ana Ferreira, who lived just up the hill from him. It couldn’t be possible, he thought. Her brother, Eduardo de Jesus Ferreira, was 10.

Hysterical, Ana said that Rio’s military police had shot Eduardo in the head.

It would have been far from the first time that Brazilian police, who are in a state of war with drug gangs here, had killed an unarmed resident since the military police began occupying the favela complex in 2010 as part of a “pacification” program in the slums. Just the day before, 41-year-old Elisabeth Alves had been shot in her home. SEE  MORE…

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