Monday, October 23, 2006

Justice Improving in Brazil?

I've long maintained that the only difference betwen the "criminals" and the police in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo is that the police are sanctioned to murder innocents, while "criminals" (i.e., the poor) are not. Certainly, this is a gross oversimplification, yet not necessarily fully wrong, either, and those who remember the masses of dead in São Paulo earlier this summer and/or the more-than-40-or-so poor men, women and children in Rio in May 2005, or who have seen the stunning Bus 174, you know what I'm talking about.

Fortunately, there emerges the story that the Brazilian state is finally doing something about this problem.

Now, if we could just get Brazil to follow Argentina's and Chile's lead, and get around general amnesties that forgave torturers, so we could perhaps see some of the men who committed heinous acts in the name of "democracy" prosecuted before they all die....