Category Archives: Police Violence

Police Massacres in Brazil

Last month, a killing spree in Manaus (the capital of the state of Amazonas) left 35 people dead. As the shock of the sheer total in the city of 1.7 million wore off, the responsible party began to emerge, with evidence … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Human Rights Issues, Police Violence, Violence in the Americas

Police Disappearing Protesting Students in Mexico in 2014

I’ve written before of police violence against students in Mexico on a much grander scale. And now, in 2014, it tragically appears we have a twenty-first century version, no less horrific even if on a smaller scale: Authorities were investigating whether … Continue reading

Posted in Human Rights Issues, Mexico, Police Violence, Student Movements, The "Disappeared"

The Brazilian Truth Commission after One Year

The truth commission investigating repression and state-sponsored violence during Brazil’s military dictatorship of 1964-1985 has recently completed a full year of work, and issued a report of some of its major findings after one year: Part 1. Hiding of Documentation from … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Human Rights Issues, Human Rights Violations, Impunity, Police Violence, The "Disappeared", Torture, Truth Commissions

Remembering Tlatelolco

Forty-five years ago today, Mexican police and armed forces killed hundreds of unarmed, peaceful protestors.

Posted in Human Rights Violations, Impunity, Mexico, Mexico's Institutional Dictatorship, Police Violence

On This Date in Latin America -July 24, 1993: The Candelária Massacre

In the early hours of the morning on this day twenty years ago, police in Rio de Janeiro murdered eight street children on the steps of Rio’s Candelária Cathedral in what came to be known as the Candelária Massacre. Official … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Children's Rights, Favelas, Human Rights Issues, Human Rights Violations, Impunity, Inequalities in the Americas, Latin American History, Police Violence, Rio de Janeiro, Violence in the Americas | 1 Comment

Chilean Presidential Primary Results are In

Chileans voted in the presidential primaries for the November 2013 elections, and the results are in. For the Nueva Mayoría (New Majority, a coalition of left and center-left parties): Michelle Bachelet Jeria (PS – Socialist Party)  73.05% (WINNER) Andrés Velasco … Continue reading

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10 Days that Shook Brazil – A Look Back

I have a piece up that tries to summarize the causes, events, and outcomes of the last ten days of social mobilization in Brazil up at Lawyers, Guns & Money. …the protests expanded rapidly. On Monday night (the 17th), 230,000 … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Citizenship, Democracy in the Americas, Latin American Economies, Latin American Politics, Paraguay, Police in the Americas, Police Violence, Protests in Latin America, Social Movements