The Rio raid came after days of deadly police crackdowns on drug trafficking gangs that have left 16 dead in Sao Paulo state and 19 killed in the northeastern state of Bahia. Police said the Rio operation came after officers received intelligence on a high-level meeting by gang leaders. The Sao Paulo operation shows "clear signs of seeking vengeance for the death of a police officer," said Amnesty International. The rights group sharply criticized Sao Paulo Governor Tarcisio de Freitas, another Bolsonaro ally, for "legitimizing police violence." Protests against police violence have been called for Wednesday in Guaruja and Thursday in Sao Paulo outside the state public security ministry.
Mar 21 2023