10 years after the disappearance that shook Brazil, relatives and activists protest police abuse | International

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The NGO Río de Paz, accompanied by the relatives of bricklayer Amarildo de Souza, protested in Rio de Janeiro this Thursday for the disappearance that shook Brazilian society a decade ago. The protest denounces the similar cases of police abuse that have occurred since then.

In July 2013, bricklayer Amarildo de Souza was detained by the Rocinha Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) as he was returning home. He was never heard from again of his whereabouts.

His case became an example of the opacity of the Police units supposedly created to closely attend to the violence in the favelas, given the proximity of the 2014 Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.

A dozen officers were arrested for Souza's disappearance. The investigation indicated that the builder was tortured and died after suffering an epileptic attack. The elements of the UPP denied this version. 10 years later, Amarildo's family is still looking for his remains.

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