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Massacre in Rio Getting Little Attention

Violence is a part of life in this slum on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Shootings are common and death squads of former and off-duty police officers, funded by local businessmen, are known to knock off undesirables. But even by the brutal standards of Nova Iguacu, last week’s massacre of 30 people apparently by a band of rogue policemen was shocking, starting with the severed head thrown over the gate of a police station. “It’s beyond shocking really,” said Tim Cahill, a researcher from the London office of the human rights group Amnesty International who arrived to investigate the slayings. “It just shows how cheap human life has become.”Full Story

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