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LatinNews Daily - 01 November 2021

BRAZIL: Violent police crackdown renews security concerns

On 31 October members of Brazil’s military police and highway patrol in Varginha municipality, Minas Gerais state, shot and killed 25 people in a raid on suspected bank robbers, prompting praise from authorities and accusations of brutality from critics.

Analysis:

The episode has renewed concern over a spike in violence fueled by a vicious circle of rising poverty and inequality on the one hand and more relaxed gun laws on the other. The issue will again be one of the top campaign topics in the October 2022 general election.

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