Thursday, July 21, 2005
Shootout in Rocinha, protesting residents block traffic on the nearby expressway
The Viva Favela website reports (in Portuguese) on a shootout last Friday between cops and drug traffickers in Rocinha. Apparently, the military police invaded the favela because they wanted to interrupt the birthday celebration of the chief of trafficking, Erismar Rodrigues Moreira (known on the street as Bem-Te-Vi.) One resident was shot in the leg in the 3-hour standoff. The war between traffickers and the police in Rocinha has claimed five lives. This time around, some Rocinha residents blocked a nearby highway tunnel in protest against the violence. The community was set to have a meeting about the violence today. I'll try to post more when I know more.