Americas & the Caribbean

Soldiers and cops occupied the Favela da Rocinha in 2017 to execute prison warrants against drug dealers. There is a scene in the classic TV show The Wire in which Major Colvin says: “ I mean, you call something a war and pretty soon everybody gonna be running around acting like warriors. They gonna be running around on a damn crusade, storming corners, slapping on cuffs, racking up body counts. And when you are at war, you need a fucking enemy. And pretty soon, damn near everybody on every corner is your fucking enemy. And soon the neighbourhood that you're supposed to be policing, that's just occupied territory.” Source: Wikimedia Commons/Author: Fernando Frazao
On the left, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva with Gilberto Gil, then Minister of Culture. On the (far-)right, President Jair Bolsonaro, who dissolved the Ministry of Culture in the first year of his administration. Sources: Agencia Publica/Palacio do Planalto/Wikimedia Commons.

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