The Jornal Globo newspaper reported yesterday that “extermination” groups are operating in at least six states: Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Goiás, Mato Grosso, and São Paulo.
These extermination groups, which gained international notoriety in 1980s, target the homeless and homosexuals, among others. According to Globo, the police are often involved in the killings.
Complete statistics are un available because records are not kept by either the military or civil police or the public defender (ministerio publico). President Lula da Silva’s administration did not provide the National Ombudsman with its own budget during the entire administration.