• January 2015
    M T W T F S S
    « Dec   Feb »
  • Pages

  • Marginalia

  • Accumulations

  • Advertisements

Rio Real Estate | With Militia, No Middle Man

Source: O Dia Topic: Militias of Rio

Militias — police, ex-police, ex-soldiers and firemen mainly — are diversified protection rackets whose economic activities range from taxes on black-market vans and motorcycle cabs to GatoNet — pirated cable and satellite TV and broadband. Water and cooking gas are exploited in this way as well. As the state government is rethinking its UPP community policing program, the most emblematic of the groups is Rio das Pedras, about which I blogged quite a bit during a gangland blitzkrieg in 2008. It was even pointed to as a model for the Globo soap opera Duas Caras. Continue reading