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Latest May 2006 São Paulo violence Stories

2006-08-13 11:26:12

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - A powerful criminal gang that has terrorized Brazil's largest state of Sao Paulo kidnapped two Brazilian television journalists, police and a TV station said on Sunday. Guilherme Portanova, a reporter for TV Globo, and his assistant, Alexandre Coelho Calado, were abducted by three armed men on Saturday at a bakery near the station's studio in Sao Paulo, Globo said in a statement. Calado was later released in front of the studio with a recording that his...

2006-08-07 17:34:49

By Eduardo Lima SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Gang members torched buses and attacked police posts, banks and other buildings in Sao Paulo before dawn on Monday, leaving at least two dead and three hurt in the latest flare-up of a violent crime wave that has plagued Brazil's largest city for months. Police and city officials said the attacks appeared to be the work of a powerful organized crime group known as the First Command of the Capital, or PCC, which has caused mayhem in and...

2006-08-07 10:55:11

By Eduardo Lima SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Gang members torched buses and attacked police posts, banks and other buildings in Sao Paulo before dawn on Monday, leaving at least two dead and three hurt in the latest flare-up of a violent crime wave that has plagued Brazil's largest city for months. Police and city officials said the attacks appeared to be the work of a powerful organized crime group known as the First Command of the Capital, or PCC, which has caused mayhem in and...

2006-06-26 14:02:15

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian police gunned down 13 suspects in two clashes in Sao Paulo state on Monday, saying the actions prevented a new round of attacks similar to a wave of gangster violence last month in which nearly 200 people were killed. A state security spokeswoman said the criminal organization responsible for the bloodshed in May, the First Command of the Capital (PCC), had been preparing new attacks on prisons in Sao Paulo's industrial satellite towns of Sao...

2006-06-12 18:16:31

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Nearly 500 people were killed by firearms during one week in Sao Paulo state last month, more than double the normal rate, medical examiners said on Monday as part of an inquiry into allegations that police used excessive force to quell gang violence in Brazil's richest state. At least 492 people died from gunshot wounds between May 12 and 20 across Sao Paulo city and state, but the total included suicides and deaths unrelated to clashes between police...

2006-05-19 17:18:11

By Alice Assuncao SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Weeping relatives on Friday collected the corpses of suspected gangsters shot by police in a week of violence in Brazil's business capital as calls grew for an investigation into the bloodshed. The official death toll stood at 152 on Friday. That included 107 suspected gangsters, most of them killed in police sweeps through poor districts after the brunt of gangster attacks launched a week ago across the city and state. State military...

2006-05-19 09:39:10

By Alice Assuncao SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazil's business capital Sao Paulo passed its first quiet night after a week of violence between police and gangsters, officials said on Friday, but calls grew for an investigation into the bloody police response to the attacks. State military police commander Col. Elizeu Eclair assured Sao Paulo residents the situation had returned to normal. "I say to our people, the police are still in the streets, they can go out and have fun this...

2006-05-18 19:21:02

By Angus MacSwan SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Sao Paulo's state governor said gang violence that has rocked Brazil's business capital Sao Paulo in the past week should serve as a warning to Brazil's richer classes that the country's deep social inequalities were tearing it apart. Governor Claudio Lembo, in a full-page interview published in leading newspaper Folha de S.Paulo, also denied police were carrying out massacres to quell the violence, in which 152 people have been killed...

2006-05-17 15:05:00

By Terry Wade SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Deadly clashes in Sao Paulo between gangs and police in the past six days have exposed Brazil's deep social problems at time when Latin America's largest country is trying to assert itself as a global leader in business and politics. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says Brazil deserves a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council and is the natural leader in South America. Economic planners see massive Brazil competing toe-to-toe with emerging...

2006-05-16 16:44:08

By Terry Wade SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Police killed more than 70 gang members and arrested 113 in Sao Paulo, officials said on Tuesday, quelling a campaign of violence that had terrorized Brazil's business capital since Friday. Life in Sao Paulo, the world's third-largest city, slowly returned to normal after the violence caused citizens to shutter shops and close offices, schools and restaurants. "We had tough moments but brave policemen confronted fear and terror," state...


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