Put More Effort into Stopping Recent Arson Attacks in Southern Brazil

Target: Col. Nazareno Marcineiro, Commander of Santa Catarina’s military police

Goal: Increase the efforts to stop arson attacks in south Brazil

South Brazil has been experiencing a series of arson attacks aimed at police and government buildings and facilities. This area of Brazil is known to be one of the safest places within the country, yet in just over a month, there have been roughly 80 attacks throughout 20 cities. These attacks are currently linked to people’s anger over government treatment of inmates in city prisons. Not only are these people acting out of their anger of the system, they are also hard to stop since local police authorities seem to not have the resources to focus on these cases. On top of that, the police have been focusing on the annual Carnival. The authorities within the state of Santa Catarina need to focus on stopping these crimes before people get seriously hurt.

Local police believe the attacks started after video images of mistreatment toward prisoners surfaced to the public. The incident on the video occurred at a prison in Joinville city, and the video revealed prison guards shooting rubber bullets and using pepper spray on dozens of inmates.

According to the New York Times,  Col. Nazareno Marcineiro, commander of Santa Catarina’s military police, stated, “Prisoners decided to orchestrate the attacks to call the attention of the population and authorities to issues of management of the prison system.” If the prisoners are actually planning these local attacks , the government should feel more obligated to revamp the prison system while putting in more effort to end these crimes.

Since changing an entire prison system would be a long and hard project, the Santa Catarina military police should put its focus on stopping the current arson attacks. The police must find a way to appease the angry locals who are willing to attack government fund programs and buildings to make a statement. Some people also fear that the attacks might stem from a newly formed criminal organization that aims to defend prisoners’ rights. Thus, it is vital that police crack down on these attacks and stop them from happening before innocent people are injured or killed.


Dear Col. Nazareno Marcineiro,

The recent arson attacks happening in 20 cities throughout Santa Catarina are unacceptable and highly dangerous for the public. The attacks have been aimed at police installations, public bus services, and government buildings. The police have stated numerous times that these attacks are stemming from people’s anger of the mistreatment of inmates. The recent video revealing prison guards purposely hurting inmates is horrible.

However, that does not mean that these arson attacks can go on for so long. The citizens of Brazil can be in severe danger if the police do not step up and figure out how to prevent these attacks from happening.


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