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A Cease-Fire Between Brazil’s Drug Gangs may be Responsible for the Recent Drop in Homicides

By C.H. Gardiner

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Authorities are claiming a decrease in homicides in the north of Brazil is the result of government policy, but there is evidence that the drop may be due to internal politics between drug factions.

Brazil's two largest narcotics organizations, Comando Vermelho (CV) and Primeiro Comando do Capital (PCC), maintained a peace pact that lasted nearly two decades.

That pact was shattered in 2016 when the factions went to war. In prisons across the country, soldiers of the two organizations brutalized each other; mutilating the corpses of their enemies and lifting the . . .

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