Armed raid on nuclear workers’ housing raises fears over Brazil’s two reactors

Two nuclear power plants have been raised after a heavily armed gang raided a secure workers’ condominium just a kilometre away and blew up two cash machines.

Brazil is one of three Latin American countries with nuclear power.

It also suffers from violent crime.

Now a heavily armed gang has brought the two together.

Prison riot in Brazil leaves 9 dead

The riot began in the afternoon of New Year’s Day at the rural penitentiary in the outskirts of the state capital, Goiania.

The riot began when a group of armed inmates invaded a wing controlled by a rival gang.

One of the victims was decapitated.

After a shootout, more than 100 members of both factions escaped.

Massive protests break out in Brazil against labor reform

Massive protests took place in Brazil against a comprehensive labor reform on Friday, a day before it takes effect.

The labor reform has been approved by the Congress and signed into law by President Michel Temer. However, unions and civil organizations still did not give up pressuring the government and congressmen into reconsidering the measure, and organized a series of marches and protests all over the country.

The protests swept 24 out of 27 states of the country. In Ceara state, around 20,000 people took the street.


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Brazil Report

Brazil in a profound social, political and economic crisis.

After the super-troubles of the top leaders of Communist power, including the President, Lula, a leftist icon of the left, the country is at full swing, and probably what is happening in Venezuela is worrying ‘Brazilian establishment.

Actually the Brazilian President Michel Temer authorized the deployment of thousands of soldiers to Río de Janeiro and other cities to counteract the wave of violence and crime. Defense Minister Raul Jungmann announced at a press conference in the Brazilian city that the plan envisages the deployment of more than 10,000 security forces by the end of the year, of which 8500 will be military forces.

The minister in july presented an extraordinary national security plan valid for the next 12 months, which predicts that military patrols will soon be on the streets of many cities, where in the last few months there are shooting and assaults practically every day.

Since the beginning of the year more than 150 police officers have been killed in the cities. As you will recall, the country is deeply shaken since former Brazilian President Lula da Silva was first sentenced to nine years and six months in prison for corruption in the “Lava Jato” scandal on last July 12. Lula was convicted of having accepted a tangent in the form of a three-story apartment in Guarujá, on the coast of the state of Sao Paulo, by OAS company, and in return would have favored the builder in his business with Petrobras state oil companies. Lula may appeal against the first-instance ruling.

The National Penitentiary Department (Depen) claims to have no official and recent data on criminal factions in Brazil, its origins, areas of influence and operation. Specialists in public security and urban violence in Brazil, however, believe that there may be in the country about 30 more powerful criminal organizations working inside and outside the prisons. For the national coordination of the Prison Ministry, this number is underestimated.
Many factions use identification acronyms. Not all of them have an organized hierarchy, and many are fleeting, small and disorganized.

The following are the major criminal groups:

PCC – Primeiro Comando da Capital: It is considered one of the strongest and most organized criminal factions in the country. Scholars say that it would have arisen in 1993, inside the prison of Taubaté, in São Paulo, with statute and hierarchical organization. The central objective of the PCC, initially, was to challenge the treatment of prisoners and demand better conditions in the prison system. Over time, the PCC began to engage in drug trafficking and to carry out criminal acts inside and outside the prisons. In 2006, the faction frightened the state of São Paulo and paralyzed the country’s largest city, with attacks on and outside prisons, reaching hundreds of civilians. Today, the PCC operates on international traffic routes and would operate in all 27 units of the federation.

CV – Comando Vermelho: It arose in 1979, in the prison of Ilha Grande (RJ). According to former Secretary of Security of the Rio José Mariano Beltrame, it is a totally disorganized, extremely violent and warlike faction. Organizations and scholars of the prison system say that the CV and the PCC have in recent years made a tacit alliance that would have calmed the tension inside the prisons.

However, this “gentlemen’s agreement” has been broken in the last two years. The reason for the breakup is not known, but he was spotted by intelligence services in the states where factions operate, and authorities have known of the existence of this strain for months. With strong performance, in addition to Rio, in Roraima, Rondônia, Acre, Pará, Amapá, Tocantins, Maranhão, Ceará, Bahia, Espírito Santo, Santa Catarina, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso do Norte and the Federal District.

FDN – Família do Norte: Faction is more recent and would have been organized in Northern prisons. He approached the Red Command and would be, in theory, rival of the CCP. The Northern Family is a faction that would be linked to the last rebellions in Manaus, Roraima and Rio Grande do Norte. It operates in the following states: Amazonas, Roraima, Pará.