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24 Hours Of Violence In Rio De Janeiro As Shootouts Plague City

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 28 August 2020

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A woman reacts next to the body of a person who was shot near Sao Carlos slums complex during a police operation after heavy confrontations between drug gangs in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 27, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Warring crime gangs and police fight in the streets.

Security // BLUF: Violence erupted in Rio De Janeiro as warring crime gangs and police clashed in the streets.

The violence reportedly started after members of one of the city's largest gangs got into a shootout with police after their car broke down in a wealthy neighbourhood.

A shootout saw bystanders caught in the crossfire, with a mother killed while protecting her daughter.

A family was also taken hostage by a gang member, who were later released and the gang member handed himself in.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 28 August 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.

1. UNITED STATES, CHINA - Security, Political: U.S., China trade jibes as military tensions worsen

FYSA: The United States and China traded jibes as military tensions grow between the world’s two largest economies, with the U.S. defense chief vowing not to “cede an inch” in the Pacific and China saying Washington was risking soldiers’ lives. Both are at loggerheads over issues from technology and human rights to Chinese military activities in the disputed South China Sea, with each accusing the other of deliberately provocative behavior. In the latest U.S. move against China ahead of November’s presidential election, Washington on Wednesday blacklisted 24 Chinese companies and targeted individuals over construction and military actions in the busy South China Sea waterway. On Thursday, a U.S. Navy warship carried out a routine operation near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, something frequently criticized by Beijing as threatening its sovereignty. In Hawaii, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) wanted Beijing to project power globally via its military. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

2. BRAZIL - Security, Political: Violent 24 hours in Rio de Janeiro, as shootouts plague city

FYSA: A family held hostage by drug traffickers. A violent police shootout on a busy street. A mother killed while shielding her three-year-old daughter from gunfire. Even for residents accustomed to violence, the last 24 hours have been grim in Rio de Janeiro, as a series of shootouts broke out across the city among warring criminal gangs and police. It started late Wednesday, when heavily armed members of one of Brazil’s largest criminal organizations, Comando Vermelho or Red Command, were driving though the wealthy neighborhood of Lagoa and their car broke down, according to local media. They exited the car armed and were spotted by passing police officers. Over 40 shots were exchanged, resulting in two arrests and multiple injuries. But the gang, which was trying to wrest control of the Sao Carlos neighborhood in central Rio from an enemy organization, was undeterred. By evening, an intense shootout ensued there with images of the fighting aired widely by local broadcasters. One local resident, 25-year-old Ana Cristina da Silva, was walking to a bar where she worked with her three-year-old daughter when they were caught in the crossfire, police said. Da Silva wrapped herself around her daughter and was hit by a stray bullet. By the time firefighters brought da Silva to a local hospital, she was dead, according to police. On Thursday afternoon, after a related shootout with police, one suspect fled into a nearby condominium, taking a family hostage, police said. Later, the suspect freed the family and turned himself in. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

3. POLAND - Security (Heatlh): Poland re-introduces ban on flights from 46 countries

FYSA: Poland will ban flights from 46 countries, including France and Spain, as of Sept 2, according to a draft regulation published on Thursday, as the country grapples with a spike in coronavirus infections. The move follows targeted measures to reintroduce restrictions on public life in the worst affected parts of the country, as the government tries to tackle the spread of the virus without resorting to a complete lockdown. "Due to the threat of spreading SARS CoV-2 virus infections, it is necessary to exercise the right to introduce air traffic bans... in order to minimize the threat to public health," the regulation said. Poland closed its borders and suspended flights in March to stop the spread of the coronavirus. However, it progressively loosened restrictions on public life, with shopping centres, hotels and restaurants all reopening in May. Polish national airline PLL LOT resumed international flights on July 1 almost four months after suspending them. (The Star. See link in heading for further reading)

4. SOUTH KOREA - Political, Security (Health): South Korea shuts parliament as coronavirus outbreak deepens in capital

FYSA: The resurgence of coronavirus cases in South Korea is starting to have an impact on the nation's governance, with the parliament shut down Thursday and some ruling party lawmakers quarantined at home. The measures were taken after a local reporter tested positive for the virus after covering a meeting of senior officials of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea at the National Assembly the previous day. As the parliament building and lawmakers' offices were disinfected, several parliamentary sessions and meetings among ruling and opposition lawmakers that had been scheduled for Thursday were canceled. The reporter is found to have had contact with at least 50 people, including Speaker Park Byeong Seug and other ruling party lawmakers. That has prompted concern that the 300-seat unicameral legislature's schedules for the fall may have to be delayed, Yonhap News Agency reported. The ruling party's leadership contest is slated to be held online on Saturday. Former Prime Minister Lee Nak Yon is widely expected to win the race, but he remains in self-quarantine after he was found to have shared a mic during a radio program with a person who tested positive for the virus. South Korea reported 441 new virus cases on Thursday, the largest daily increase since March. Seoul, the epicenter of the virus's resurgence in the country, accounted for 154 cases, a record for the capital during the pandemic. The country has seen triple-digit new daily cases for two weeks, after mass infections linked to a Christian church in northern Seoul emerged. Cases are seen spreading nationwide after some church members participated in an Aug. 15 rally in Seoul that drew people from across the country. That church alone had been found linked to 959 cases as of Thursday noon. The government is on heightened alert and is expected to weigh whether social distancing guidelines should be raised to the highest level amid increasing concerns among the public, according to health authorities. (Kyodo News. See link in heading for further reading)

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