They found eight dead in a favela in Rio de Janeiro where a policeman had been murdered

Firefighters, experts and police accompany the removal of the bodies found in the Salgueiro community (Photo: EFE)

Residents on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro they found on Monday the bodies of at least eight people in a mangrove after a shootout with the local police.

The bodies were found near a slum complex called Willow tree, in the city of Sao Goncalo, a region poor and violent which is part of the metropolitan area of ​​Rio.

The locals told the media that they believed other bodies would be found. “All the bodies were thrown into a mangrove, with signs of torture. They were thrown one on top of the other. This was clearly the massacre”Said a resident to the news website G1.

The bodies were found after an operation carried out over the weekend in the area, It started after a police officer died while on patrol on Saturday. Sao Gonacalo is supervised by the 7th battalion, which has long been one of the deadliest in the state of Rio.

People crowd near the scene (Photo: REUTERS / Ricardo Moraes)
People crowd near the scene (Photo: REUTERS / Ricardo Moraes)

Police said they had entered the region to “stabilize it”After the violence between alleged drug gangs. They also said that law enforcement officers would remain in the area to allow the civil police to investigate.

A “police massacre” “full of questions”

Human rights organizations in Brazil described this Monday as “police massacre”The events that occurred. “The Military Police affirm that it was an operation to ‘stabilize‘the place, but the indications and complaints that the victims may have been extrajudicially executed must be taken into account with the due diligence and in accordance with international human rights protocols, ”he said. International Amnesty, it’s a statement.

According Human Rights Watch, it is another police operation “times explained“And” full of questions“, Which must be investigated” immediately “,” thoroughly “and” independently “by the Public Ministry to find those responsible and” know the circumstances of the deaths, including the death of Sergeant Leandro. “

Data from the Network of Security Observatories indicate that until October of this year there had been 38 massacres in Rio de Janeiro -four more than in 2020- and that 27 of them were committed by police officers, with 128 registered deaths.

Firefighters remove some of the bodies found (Photo: Reuters)
Firefighters remove some of the bodies found (Photo: Reuters)

According to the Red, what happened in the Mangueira Complex is “another revenge-motivated police massacre”, Because it shows similarities with other massacres that occurred at the hands of uniformed men in Rio.

The spokesman for the Militarized Police, Major Ivan Blaz, confirmed to the press on Monday that the Police Special Operations Battalion (BOPE) carried out the operation in Complexo do Salgueiro after the death of the sergeant and said that there was “Various clashes” with “innumerable wounded”, among them policemen.

The Rio de Janeiro Police is considered to be one of the most violent in Brazil and it accounts for a large part of the deaths registered in this Brazilian state.

Last May, in an operation harshly questioned by the UN and by international organizations for the defense of human rights, 2Eight people were killed, including a police officer, in an exchange of gunfire between uniformed men and members of a criminal gang in a favela in Rio de Janeiro. In 2020, 1,245 people in Rio died at the hands of the uniformed.

(With information from Reuters and EFE)

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