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Vibrant: Virtual Brazilian Anthropology

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RAPOSO, Otávio. "This is Iraq. People are afraid." Resistance and mobilization in the Maré favelas (Rio de Janeiro). Vibrant, Virtual Braz. Anthr. [online]. 2014, vol.11, n.1, pp.11-49. ISSN 1809-4341.

Violence among criminal groups in dispute over domination of drug trafficking in the favelas and intervention by the state security forces in those areas encourage a climate of fear and oppression that intensifies the segregation that historically afflicts their residents. In Maré, an area of Rio de Janeiro made up of sixteen favelas, some of the most powerful drug trafficking factions operate, and armed conflicts and aggressive behavior by the police are commonplace. This is the backdrop against which the residents of Maré and local organizations have mobilized against the constant violations of their human rights, following an upsurge in the number of conflicts. This article intends to debate the issue of violence in Rio de Janeiro, presenting some of the social struggles that the population of Maré has fought in recent times.

Palavras-chave : violence; favela; segregation; citizenship; mobilization.

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