Up to 25 people have died due to riots in Rio de Janeiro, according to CNN. Violence has erupted from the slums of Rio ever since there has been a greater police presence to crack down on crime. Drug gangs have torched nearly 200 cars and the Brazilian military has been called in to help quell the violence. The military will control the entrances to some slums.
Compounding the problem are drug gangs joining forces to take on local authorities. Schools have closed near the violence as drug gangs responded to arrests made by police in a crackdown of drug activity.
Other recent examples of mass violence may be called upon as models for Brazilian officials to emulate when dealing with these drug gangs. Authorities in Rio de Janeiro may want to try other tactics based upon their circumstances.
Retirement Age in France
Protesters showed up in force around France in October as people demonstrated against raising the retirement age from 60 to 62. Thousands of people were detained and dozens of police officers injured when some protests turned violent.
Police needed to provide escorts and block paths for fuel trucks to reach necessary fueling stations. Riot police also needed to shoot tear gas into crowds. Nationwide strikes also shut down many parts of the French infrastructure.
While the French were patient for months with protesters, eventually shut-downs across the country and in Paris forced authorities to push back at demonstrators clogging the streets and vital services. So many protesters were present around the country that gas stations ran out of fuel. Flights in and out of Paris were canceled.
Despite the protests, the retirement age in France was officially raised on Nov. 10.
Haiti’s Cholera Outbreak
In Port-au-Prince, Haiti, residents are still feeling the effects of last January’s massive earthquake. A cholera outbreak as well as political tension have led to violence throughout the Haitian capital.
Many feel foreign U.N. peacekeepers started the outbreak, and riots erupted in Port-au-Prince as U.N. police in riot gear fired tear gas into crowds. Three people have died in those clashes.
Haiti has parliamentary elections on Nov. 28 to elect their next president. Some feel the widespread cholera outbreak could hamper election efforts in the country.
So far, Brazil’s violence seems to be escalating. What needs to happen is to make sure its non-violent citizens are protected from harm. The French example is a good one to go on, as deaths were non-existent despite massive amounts of people and strikes blocking vital services for the country.
Brazil is fortunate to have a well-funded government closer to the French model, as opposed to Haiti, which is one of the poorest countries in the world. Hopefully Brazil can solve their problems peacefully with an increased military presence until the violence is stemmed.
CNN, “Brazil sends military troops to violence-plague Rio.”