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DW News 18 Oct 2020

Why is police violence so widespread in Latin America?


In Latin America, there has been a failure to address the problem of police brutality. Militarized police forces were accused of human rights offenses after mass protests in 2019 left demonstrators dead, maimed or blinded. Latin American countries have some of the highest rates of killings by police in the world, and the violence has only increased during the coronavirus pandemic. So why are Latin American security forces so brutal?

As infection rates climb around the world, the fear of second wave and secondary infections are a growing concern. And despite the best efforts of epidemiologists, the behavior of the Covid-19 virus is still relatively unknown, and that's causing problems for patients and medical staff in Latin America, the world's most infected region.
Early on in the pandemic, Ecuador took the lead with the highest number of COVID-19 related deaths in Latin America. Now, it is leading the region in unemployment. A shocking 85 percent of Ecuadorans are now either unemployed or in precarious jobs.

Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman reports.
Countries in Latin America are still struggling to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control, with the number of cases and deaths still rising.
Medical workers across Latin America are protesting a lack of personal protective equipment, demanding better working conditions and pay as COVID-19 infections spread among them.
The region accounts for about a third of the more than 25 million global infections.

Al Jazeera's Daniel Schweimler reports from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the coronavirus has killed more people than malaria, HIV, cholera and the flu combined. Among the most affected regions is Latin America. Brazil has reported more than 142-thousand deaths, second only to the United States. Mexico has the fourth highest death toll in the world with more than 76,000. CGTN's Joel Richards has more.

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