crime spree over world cup…in a way

Posted on June 2, 2006. Filed under: Politics |

The May 20th issue of The Economist had a news brief that stated:

“Some 150 people were killed, a quarter of them policemen, after a criminal gang, based in the prison system launched attacks on police stations, buses and bank brances in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city. the gang’s leaders opposed thier imminent transfer to a maximum security jail, and wanted televisions to watch the soccer World Cup.”

Wow. 150 people already dead over a soccer game. Of course that’s not all that’s behind it, once you read the larger article at the back of the magazine — gang wars, prison politics etc, but the tipping point seems to be the TVs and moving certain people to another prison where they won’t have access during the upcoming insanity of the World Cup. Very sad reality.

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