Drug gang members battle police in Rio
Thursday 25 November 2010
Suspected gang members burned cars and buses in Rio de Janeiro yesterday in a fourth day of violence, defying a heavy police presence and raids on slums which left seven dead.
The wave of violence has raised further doubts about Rio's ability to safely host the football World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016 and marred the city's easygoing image.
Assailants set fire to 15 cars and buses on Tuesday night and yesterday morning. Police reported seven suspected drug traffickers, all of them armed, were killed in clashes with officers, taking the death toll from the recent violence to nine.
The trouble began on Sunday with attacks on police stations and vehicles, actions Rio's top security official said were ordered by imprisoned gang members. Authorities say the attacks are a protest by traffickers after being forced from their turf by police occupations of more than a dozen slums in the past two years.
"This is a desperate attempt to weaken our security efforts," said Sergio Cabral, Governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro. "What they want is to create panic, for society to retreat, but we will not retreat."
Police continued to conduct raids on suspected drug traffickers in slums. They said they arrested one suspect carrying homemade explosives and a container of flammable liquid.
Liverpool progress to the last 16 of the Capital One Cup
- 1 Cyclist in Russia narrowly misses being hit by car and lorry
- 2 Y-40 Deep Joy: This is the world's deepest swimming pool
- 3 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 4 Syria air strikes: President Obama undergoes Damascene conversion as Isis forces America to change tack
- 5 Pink Floyd new album: Band unveil cover art for first record in 20 years
Rihanna 'nude pictures' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
Bollywood star Deepika Padukone branded a 'hypocrite' by The Times Of India following anger over 'cleavage show' tweet
'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
Syria air strikes: President Obama undergoes Damascene conversion as Isis forces America to change tack
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Labour Party conference: Ed Balls to set out plan to freeze child benefit to balance books
£16500 - £20000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: We are currently r...
£100 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Crawley: KS2 PPA Teacher currently nee...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + pension, healthcare,25 days: Ashdown Group: An est...
£28000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Software Application Support Analyst - Imm...