Res­i­dents of large Brazil slum demon­strate against vi­o­lence

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Hun­dreds of peo­ple marched Satur­day through the nar­row streets of one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest com­plex of slums in a peace­ful demon­stra­tion de­mand­ing an end to re­cent vi­o­lence.

Dur­ing the four- hour- long demon­stra­tion at the Com­plexo Ale­mao, pro­test­ers car­ried ban­ners read­ing “less bul­lets — more love,” and “we don’t want any more deaths.”

Com­mu­nity lead­ers told re­porters that at least 500 peo­ple took part in the demon­stra­tion.

The march came one day af­ter res­i­dents briefly clashed with po­lice at the end of a rally held to protest the shoot­ing death of a boy in the shan­ty­town, al­legedly at the hands of po­lice.

Ten-year-old Ed­uardo de Je­sus Fer­reira was shot dead Thurs­day dur­ing a po­lice op­er­a­tion against sus­pected drug traf­fick­ers.

The boy’s mother, Terez­inha Maria de Je­sus, told the G1 news por­tal that her son was at the door of their home when she saw a po­lice of­fi­cer shoot him.

The po­lice depart­ment has said that the of­fi­cers in­volved in the anti-gang op­er­a­tion have been suspended pending an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Vi­o­lence has wracked the Com­plexo Ale­mao in re­cent days with sev­eral sus­pects and by­standers shot as gangs and po­lice ex­change in­tense gun­fire.

A 41-year-old house­wife died af­ter be­ing hit by a stray bul­let last week.

And at least two sus­pected gang mem­bers were killed dur­ing a fire­fight on Wed­nes­day. An­other three peo­ple were shot as well, all be­lieved to have no con­nec­tions to gangs. One po­lice­man was hurt.

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