Monday, November 30, 2009

Rio's drugs war | Jon Lee Anderson | Society | The Observer

A gripping description of Rio's favelas:
The state is almost completely absent in the favelas. The drug gangs impose their own systems of justice, law and order, and taxation – all by force of arms. A black market in guns from other countries has abetted a mind-numbing level of violence. As in Mexico, many of Brazil's illegal weapons come from the United States; but Russian arms have begun to show up in recent years, and the weapons have been getting more powerful. Rio's gangsters have been caught with military-issue machine guns and anti-aircraft weapons. Semi-automatic assault rifles and hand grenades are commonplace.

1 comment:

  1. I have trouble seeing the difference between the armed gangs in Rio and the ones occupying nation-state capital cities. Wasn't it Mao who said that the power of government comes from the barrel of a gun?