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Rio Enhances Bus Inspections to Fight Mass Beach Robberies

01/16/2015 - 09h06

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DIANA BRITO
FABIO BRISOLLA
FROM RIO

In an attempt to stop mass robberies (arrastão) on famed Rio Beaches, the police will enhance the number of inspections done on bus passengers, especially the ones coming from the poorer areas of the city.

According to deputy chief of police Claudio Lima Freire, the priority is to identify passengers causing "disorder and disarray" on public transport.

"In case someone is hanging on windows, doors or any situation of abnormal behaviour, the vehicle will be stopped and the person may even be removed from the bus", he said.

Jorge Luiz Barbosa, director of the Brazilian non-governmental organisation (NGO) Observatory of Favelas, disagrees with the procedure proposed by the police, part of the Summer Operation.

"This type of approach hurts people's right to come and go. It is based on a value judgment that considers suburban residents potential suspects."

Translated by JULIANA CALDERARI

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Ricardo Borges - 11.jan.2015/Folhapress
In an attempt to stop mass robberies on Rio Beaches, the police will enhance the number of inspections done on bus passengers
In an attempt to stop mass robberies on Rio Beaches, the police will enhance the number of inspections done on bus passengers

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