Written by a group of local residents
We publicly express our total refusal of the military occupation of the favelas of Maré.
We wish to express are serious concern, regarding our lives, the lives of our neighbors, and all the 140.000 inhabitants of Maré. We are also concerned more generally for the inhabitants of all the other favelas that have suffered from the increasing militarization and the direct attack of a State that more and more arms itself to oppress who who have been fighting to guarantee themselves a place at the margins of our city.
It is evident that those who use the machinery of war against their own population, such as the tanks that currently occupy our streets, are not seeking dialogue, and even less so participation, and are thus by no means concerned to guarantee our most basic rights. Tanks and helicopters pointing their arms at us stand…
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