"The basic problem of public security in Rio de Janeiro is this new factor, the militias, which are just policemen who used to make up a clandestine structure, always illegal and hidden, in terms of violence but who now are joining a much more open scheme which actually competes in the market for crime, for illegality. … The current government does not know how to deal with this deepening of the relationship between the police, the police apparatus and organized crime properly speaking, which is happening right out in the open.
Brazil's Observatório da Imprensa continues its coverage of a recent conference there on violence in Rio de Janeiro, in which spades get called spades, finally. No more pussyfooting.
In recent months, your hometown newspapers have been telling you that Rio militias are vigilantes "enforcing peace" in poor Rio neighborhoods.
They have been misleading you.
Not a big fan of Hamas? Who is? The Sadr militia in Baghdad give you the creeps? It is not proving to be very helpful in democratizing Iraq. These groups? Pretty much the same deal — except that Shiite militias and the Taliban tend to be less wildly enthusiastic about Las Vegas-style gambling and generalized Jack Abramoffery.
I am translating a fair amount of expert interviews on the subject. People that Larry Rohter of the New York Times refuses to interview.