The Rendon Group Snapshot Report – 20 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 21, 2014

 The Rendon Group Snapshot Report

(20JAN14)

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Flash Mobs, Police Brutality Highlight World Cup Security Fears in Brazil

Photo credit: IB Times

With the World Cup approaching on June 12th, the Brazilian government is facing a number of security related issues within the country. This past week, 12 people were killed by police officers in what was suspected to be a revenge-fueled killing spree. In a separate event, mass protests were held nationwide regarding the barring of youth—particularly black youth—from entering malls.

 

News summary of events related to security issues in Brazil:

  • On 11JAN, approximately one thousand teenagers massed in an eastern Sao Paulo shopping mall and fought security guards and police attempting to deny them access. (WSJ)
  • On 13JAN, at least ten people were killed overnight in the Brazilian city of Campinas in a surge of violence that began with the murder of an off-duty policeman. (AFP)
  • On 14JAN, President Dilma Rousseff convened an emergency staff meeting on the issue of “rolezinho,” in which young Brazilians participate in large-scale public gatherings. (BBC)
  • On 14JAN, a Brazilian police commander said there was strong evidence that fellow officers may have been involved in a spate of killings in the southeastern Brazilian city of Campinas. (AFP)
  • On 18JAN, an estimated 150 protesters massed outside the JK Iguatemi shopping mall and demanded to be let in. (AFP)

 

Sample of Twitter handles regarding security issues in Brazil:

@viaSimonRomero – Simon Romero, New York Times bureau chief in Brazil

@Duffygary – Gary Duffy, editor, BBC Brasil, São Paulo

@ShashtaCNN – Shashta Darlington, CNN correspondent, São Paulo

@carostauffer – Caroline Stauffer, Reuters correspondent based in São Paulo

@jbarbassa – Juliana Barbassa, author and former AP correspondent based in Rio de Janeiro

 

Sample of Third Party Validators regarding security issues in Brazil:

João Pedro Padua, human rights activist, Habeas Corpus independent lawyers group

“The movement aims to denounce inequality and open opportunities for the poor to come to places like this. It’s not about stealing or destroying, it’s about getting back to the idea of having fun. We might see others rolezinhos elsewhere in Leblon. But right now, we don’t know how this will play out.” – Brazilian flashmob forces upmarket shopping mall to close, the Guardian, 19JAN14

Fred Lucio, anthropologist, ESPM, a higher education institute

“On one hand, the rolezinhos can be seen as a result of the progress Brazil has made over the past decade lifting almost 40m people into the lower middle classes.  Income growth has inspired a sense of social ascension, leading to demands for greater equality, as well as allowing people to buy their first mobile phones, giving them access to social media.” Flashmob protests sweep across Brazil, Financial Times, 17JAN14.

Rafael Alcadipani, social-science researcher at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, São Paulo

“This debate highlights some of the social apartheid in Brazil…There is in Brazil a new resurgence of people who are very conservative…the rich, upper-middle class and middle class who think they have been left behind by the government.” Brazil’s Class Struggle Goes to the Mall, Wall Street Journal, 18JAN14

Alexandre Barbosa Pereira, anthropologist

The rolezinhos aren’t protests against malls or consumption, but are affirmations of: ‘We want to be in this world of consumerism, in the temples of consumption.'” – Brazil shopping malls: New epicenter for social protest?, Christian Science Monitor, 16JAN14

Renato Barreido, former deputy mayor of Cidade Tirante

People are scared because it’s a lot of youth together … and because they are black and live in the periphery.” – Rolezinhos: The Flash Mobs Currently Freaking Out Brazilian Authorities, The Atlantic, 16JAN14

 

Sample of open source research by TRG analysts related to security issues in Brazil:

1. Brazil militants slam bid to bar poor teens from malls

Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Byline: N/A

Date: 18 January 2014

SAO PAULO, Jan 18, 2014 (AFP) – Scores of black and leftist militants staged a boisterous rally here Saturday to protest attempts to bar underprivileged youths from shopping malls in middle-class areas.

An estimated 150 protesters, waving banners proclaiming “Enough with apartheid” and “End the genocide of Black people” massed outside the JK Iguatemi shopping mall and demanded to be let in.

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2. Brazil’s flash mobs by teens turning political

Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Byline: N/A

Date: 17 January 2014

SAO PAULO, Jan 17, 2014 (AFP) – Flash mobs at shopping malls by thrill-seeking underprivileged youths are increasingly taking political overtones in Brazil, raising fears of a replay of last year’s nationwide social turmoil.

The so-called “rolezinhos,” sudden mall gatherings of hundreds of low-income teens that at times end up in disturbances and store looting, have dominated the national conversation.

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3. Police may have had role in Brazil killings: police

Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Byline: N/A
Date: 14 January 2014

SAO PAULO, Jan 14, 2014 (AFP) – A Brazilian police commander said Tuesday that there was strong evidence that fellow officers may have been involved in a spate of killings in the southeastern Brazilian city of Campinas.

Monday, ten public buses were destroyed in Campinas in rioting that erupted after 12 people were shot and killed in murky circumstances.

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4. At least 10 dead in south Brazil violence: police

Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Byline: N/A
Date: 13 January 2014

SAO PAULO, Jan 13, 2014 (AFP) – At least 10 people were killed overnight around the Brazilian city of Campinas in a surge of violence that began with the murder of an off-duty policeman, police and media said Monday.

Press reports put the death toll at 13, but a police spokesman told AFP that only 10 deaths have been confirmed so far.

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5. Brazil police investigated over three-hour killing spree in Campinas

Media: BBC
Byline: N/A
Date: 13 January 2014

An investigation is under way in Brazil to find out whether a group of policemen went on a three-hour killing spree in an alleged revenge attack.

Twelve people were killed overnight by gunmen in vehicles in a district of Campinas, a city north of Sao Paulo.

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6. #BBCtrending: #Rolezinhos, Brazil’s ‘flashmob’ trend

Media: BBC

Byline: N/A

Date: 15 January 2015

Young Brazilians – many of them black – have been taking part in controversial flashmob-style gatherings in shopping centres in Brazil – causing an intense debate on social media about race and class.

Young people around the world often hang out at shopping centres. So far, so unusual. But over the past five weeks in Sao Paulo – Brazil’s biggest city – there have been a series of large scale gatherings, called rolezinhos, organised via Facebook. The first – and biggest so far – was on 7 December at a shopping centre near the World Cup stadium.

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