Monthly Archives: April 2014

After much media coverage both in Brazil and abroad about Danish journalist Mikkel Keldorf Jenson’s decision to leave Brazil, meet this motley crew of international freelancers who aren’t afraid to work here and will keep telling its story as long as we can.

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Anadolu Agency

SALVADOR – Military police in the state of Bahia, in northeast Brazil, decided to end their strike Thursday afternoon, after nearly two days of stoppages which were accompanied by a spike in murders, violence crime and theft.

The move to end the walkout came after leaders of the striking police forces met in Salvador, Bahia state capital and World Cup host city, following a meeting with the city’s archbishop and other key city figures.

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SÃO PAULO – The latest in a series of protests against the World Cup in Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo, marched through the city center Wednesday evening in a bid to draw attention to problems with the country’s public health system.

Despite pouring rain, around 400 people gathered for the start of the fifth protest in a series, held under the banner of Não Vai Ter Copa (“There Will Be No World Cup”) at the world-famous São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) on the city’s central Avenida Paulista business avenue.

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RIO DE JANEIRO – Violence, looting and vandalism have rocked part of Rio de Janeiro after police launched an operation on Friday morning to retake commercial buildings which thousands of squatters had moved into just days before.

Fulfilling a court order to clear the premises, around 1,700 military police moved in at dawn to evict at least 5,000 people now living the disused complex of four buildings owned by Brazilian mobile phone company Oi S.A., located in the Engenho Novo district of Rio’s North Zone.

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SÃO PAULO – A viral social media campaign against rape and sexual harassment that spawned nationwide protests in Brazil is giving Brazil’s feminists fresh support, which they intend to use to change the way Brazil’s schoolchildren are taught women’s rights.

The surge in support was sparked by the shocking findings of a study published on 27 March by the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) on the attitudes of Brazilians towards sexual harassment and rape.

The research found 65% of the 3,810 people surveyed agreed, partly or completely, with the statement: “Women who used clothes that show off their body deserve to be attacked.”

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A British oil worker has been shot dead by two men in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, a Scottish newspaper reported on Saturday.

Peter Campsie, 48, from Montrose in Scotland, was killed in an attempted carjacking as he was returning home after a business meeting, the Aberdeen-based Press and Journal newspaper reported.

Mr Campsie, who worked as operations manager for Diamond Offshore Drilling International and hails, was shot twice as he attempted to leave his car, according to the newspaper.

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Brazil, Iraq and Pakistan had the highest number of the 27 journalists recorded as fatalities around the world in the first three months of 2014, according to a report by Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) released on Thursday.

Five journalists died on duty in Iraq, with Brazil and Pakistan joint-second, both with four members of the press killed while working, said the Geneva-based NGO, which has special consultative UN status.

However, the total for 2014 now stands at 28.

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