Tributes paid to killed police officers in Brazil

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By Euronews
Tributes paid to killed police officers in Brazil

Relatives and friends of some of the 132 police officers killed in Rio de Janeiro this year have taken part in a protest to honour their loved ones.

It was organised by human rights NGO Rio de Paz. Police uniforms stained with red paint and red roses in their pockets were hung alongside plaques with the names of the officers killed in 2017.

Vera Souza's son was one of the police officers who was shot,

My son was the 11th police officer killed this year. We are now at 132. I don't know how many more will die until December 31. The authorities don't care. They throw them on the streets without proper arms

Rio has long been the deadliest place for law enforcement in Brazil. On top of rising crime and powerful drug gangs that control large areas of the city, this year police faced budget cuts caused by the state government's financial crisis. Many relatives blame the poor working conditions for the killings.