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Relatives of slain Rio police officers hold demonstration

Relatives and friends collect signs with the names of slain police officers written on them, during a demonstration promoted by the NGO Rio de Paz in ...
Vera Lucia Venin de Souza places a rose in a police uniform shirt, stained in red representing spilt blood, as it hangs on a fence during a demonstrat...
A man rides his bike past a police uniform shirt, stained in red representing spilt blood, as it hangs on a fence during a demonstration promoted by t...
A police uniform shirt, stained in red representing spilt blood, hangs on a fence during a demonstration promoted by the NGO Rio de Paz, in Rio de Jan...

Relatives and friends collect signs with the names of slain police officers written on them, during a demonstration promoted by the NGO Rio de Paz in ...

Vera Lucia Venin de Souza places a rose in a police uniform shirt, stained in red representing spilt blood, as it hangs on a fence during a demonstrat...

A man rides his bike past a police uniform shirt, stained in red representing spilt blood, as it hangs on a fence during a demonstration promoted by t...

A police uniform shirt, stained in red representing spilt blood, hangs on a fence during a demonstration promoted by the NGO Rio de Paz, in Rio de Jan...

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Relatives of 132 police officers killed in the state of Rio de Janeiro this year are holding a demonstration to honor their loved ones.

Roses were placed on police uniforms stained with red paint to symbolize the deaths, and plaques with the names of the slain officers were hung on a fence along Rio's Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon.

The demonstration Wednesday was organized by human rights group Rio de Paz.

Rio de Janeiro has seen a surge in violence this year, with shootouts between police and criminal gangs becoming a regular occurrence.

While some officers have fallen during confrontations, more have been killed while off-duty.

The number of people killed by police in the state is estimated to have reached 1,035 in the eleven months between January and November.


Updated : 2021-07-24 01:12 GMT+08:00