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‘Stadium of Exception': Brazilian Police Arrest Anti-Cup Activists

Collective Midia Ninja denounces [pt] that activists against the World Cup are being arrested in the city of Rio de Janeiro one day before the kick-off of the matches. These arrests are meant to prevent “future crimes in an attempt to intimidate” those who are willing to go on the streets and protest:

A Polícia Cívil do Rio de Janeiro acaba de executar uma série de detenções. Na manhã de hoje as ativistas Elisa Quadros (conhecida como Sininho), a advogada Eloisa Samy e o cinegrafista Thiago Ramos, foram presos em casa , e estão sendo levados para investigação na DRCI – Delegacia de Repressão aos Crimes de Informática. Na última semana em Goiânia, mandatos de busca e apreensão ja haviam sido utilizados como forma de cerceamento ao direito de manifestação e tática de coerção contra a parcela da população que pretende manifestar suas indignações durante o evento da FIFA.

The Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro has just executed a series of arrests. This morning, activist Elisa Frames (known as Tinkerbell), lawyer Eloisa Samy and cameraman Thiago Ramos were arrested at home and are being taken for questioning in the DRCI – Delegacy for the Repression of Informatic Crimes. Last week in Goiania, search and seizure warrants were already used as a means of curtailing the right to protest and as a tactic of coercion against the people who wish to express their outrage over the FIFA event.

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