This Guardian article explores vigilante justice in Brazil, and the link between the widespread lynchings and a sense of insecurity. Several of those killed were caught moments before committing petty crime. An interesting background read for those headed to the region.

From the Guardian

Brazil grapples with lynch mob epidemic: ‘A good criminal is a dead criminal’

The 10th annual report by the Brazilian Forum on Public Security, published on 3 November, revealed that Fortaleza had the highest number of homicides of any state capital in 2015. The report also revealed that 57% of Brazilians agree with the popular saying “a good criminal is a dead criminal”.

A Guardian analysis of local news coverage and official records of violent deaths reveals that so far this year, at least 173 people have been killed by mobs in Brazil – an average of one every two days. Fortaleza reportedly had 14 fatal lynchings, more than any other city in the country.

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