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Report: Drug lords behind attacks on Brazil NGO

Report: Tapes suggest imprisoned Brazilian drug lords may be behind attacks on Rio NGO

Report: Drug lords behind attacks on Brazil NGO

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A taped conversation between two convicted drug lords serving time in a prison in southern Brazil suggests the pair might be behind a spate of attacks on one of Rio de Janeiro's most respected nongovernmental organizations.

Globo television network aired Sunday a transcript of the taped conversation between the drug bosses, known as Fernandinho Beira-Mar and Marcinho VP. In it Beira-Mar uses a well-known slang code to suggest an attack should be launched on the head of the Rio NGO AfroReggae, Jose Junior.

Just over two weeks after the July conversation, AfroReggae's offices in the pacified "favela" slum of Alemao came under the first in a series of attacks. Those offices and an AfroReggae office in another Rio favela were fired on four times in recent weeks.

The group works with young people who have been involved with gangs.

Updated : 2021-04-21 01:45 GMT+08:00