“I come here at the request of the directors of areas 15, 13, AP and Karate. We will do a curfew because no one is taking it seriously. Whoever is on the street with a kick or kicking will receive a concealer and will set an example. It is better to stay at home soaking. The message has already been given“, writes Veja magazine, citing a sound message that has been circulating in the favelas.
The leaders of the Comando Vermelho, one of the largest criminal organizations in Brazil, have been ordering residents of the Cidade de Deus favela to remain indoors after 8 pm and in Morro dos Prazeres, gang members have warned residents to move only in groups of two.
In other favelas such as Pavão-Pavãozinho in Copacabana, Cantagalo in Ipanema, Vidigal and Rocinha, one of the largest favelas in Latin America and where there are more than a hundred suspected cases, a curfew was also imposed.
“We are imposing a mandatory curfew because no one is taking the coronavirus seriously. It is better to stay home and relax. The message was given ”say members of criminal groups as they walk through the favela Cidade de Deus.
“We want the best for the population. If the Government does not have the capacity to fix it, organized crime solves it”, indicates another message.
This Wednesday, the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, said that Covid-19 is nothing but a “cold” and that schools and commerce should not be closed. Therefore, the population says that the traffickers are doing the Government’s work. “Traffickers are doing this because the government is absent. We are invisible to the authorities ”, said a resident to The Guardian.
In Santa Marta, a favela that is in the shadow of Christ the Redeemer, traffickers distribute soap and leave notices near the water sources at the entrance to the community that reads “Please wash your hands before entering the favela”.
“I think they wrote this for addicts who come here to buy drugs, so they don’t get the virus,” said a resident of the British newspaper. “But it won’t work. People who live at the top of the favela sometimes spend two weeks without running water. If people can’t even feed themselves, how should they keep themselves clean? ”, He asked.