War between militiamen leads to panic in the West Zone population

A split in the militia led to a scenario of war in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro. At least seven vans were set on fire on Thursday (16) in the neighborhoods of Paciência, Santa Cruz and Campo Grande.

According to the newspaper The day, the Military Police reinforced policing in the Estrada do Campinho region, the main point where militiamen were caught setting fire to vehicles. Buses were temporarily taken out of circulation as a security measure and streets were left empty.

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In the afternoon, BRT Rio reported that the lines of the Transoeste BRT LECD 33 (Campo Grande x Santa Cruz) and 14 (Campo Grande x Salvador Allende) corridors, which circulate on Avenida Cesario de Melo, had been suspended due to incidents in the region. . According to the consortium, the service was only normalized three hours later, at 17:00.

According to the police, the area has been suffering from territorial disputes between criminal factions.


Information verified by TV Globo point out that the former Wellington da Silva Braga paramilitary group, Ecko, killed in a police action in June, split into rival factions and opposed former allies Danilo Dias Lima, the Tandera, and Luis Antônio da Silva Braga, Zinho, Ecko’s brother.

According to the portal G1, the attacks that caused panic in the West Zone this Thursday (16) would have started from Tandera, which dominates areas of the Baixada Fluminense, such as Seropédica and parts of Nova Iguaçu. The trigger for the confrontation was the execution, last Wednesday afternoon (15), of two people on the Estrada de Madureira, near the Dom Bosco neighborhood, one of the strongholds of Tandera in Nova Iguaçu.

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Federal deputy Marcelo Freixo (PSB-RJ) commented on the case on his social networks. In a video, the congressman said that Rio de Janeiro is handed over to the mafia and pointed out that since 2008 it has faced the militias.

According to Freixo, the militia CPI, led by him as a state deputy, presents 58 concrete proposals to end this type of criminal organization. In the opinion of the congressman, the government cannot remain hostage to these criminals.

Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro

Edition: Jaqueline Deister

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