Brazilian NGO Reports New Drug Trafficking Attack against Premises in Rio
By Dialogo August 05, 2013
A well-known Brazilian NGO, AfroReggae, reported a new attack against its premises located in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, and blamed drug trafficking networks for the attack.
“The facade was shot, it is completely destroyed (…) it is an attack perpetrated by drug trafficking against AfroReggae,” José Junior, the NGO’s coordinator, told Brazilian radio station CBN.
The AfroReggae office in Vila Cruzeiro favela suffered the attack when two people on motorcycles opened fire against the facility, the Police told the press.
In addition, Junior said that several young people that participate in social work organized by the NGO, were being threatened.
Fifteen days ago, the NGO reported that one of their departments in Alemão Complex had been set on fire. The Alemão Complex, dominated by drug trafficking for several years, was retaken by the Army and the Police in 2010 in an operation that took several months, with confrontations that left 37 dead.
After that incident, Junior said that AfroReggae suspended activities in the complex to keep their collaborators out of danger.
Since 2008, Rio de Janeiro has been working against time to “pacify” poor neighborhoods in the city that are controlled by drug traffickers and paramilitaries, before the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.