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Rio das Pedras militia bet on a risky service of ferries to the subway. A boat has already been seized



RIO – In addition to charging fees for services and investing in the illegal construction of buildings, such as the two that collapsed in April in the Favela da Muzema, killing 24 people,
militia
discovered a new lode for his
Business
. Since Monday, the
Association of Residents of Rio das Pedras
, pointed out by
public ministry
as a true headquarters of the
activities
group irregularities
paramilitary
what
dominates
The
community
, started to offer transportation
waterway
. At least two
ferries
circulated around the
Lagoa da Tijuca
, taking passengers from
Areinha
to the station
subway
of
Ocean Garden
. This Wednesday, the
Port authority
seized a vessel.

In order to attract users, the forecast was that travel, in the test phase, would be
free
until this Friday. Then, each resident who wanted to use the service would pay
R $ 40
with unlimited crossings. The disclosure of the new type of transport was entitled to a
sound car
, that circulated in Rio das Pedras announcing the trip "of only 15 minutes, without bottling" in the boat. In addition, a showy
band
under an overpass of the
Bar
.

A banner under a viaduct of Barra da Tijuca announces the new transportation alternative and promises a trip linking Rio das Pedras to the subway in 12 minutes Photo: Antonio Scorza / Agência O Globo
A banner under a viaduct of Barra da Tijuca announces the new transportation alternative and promises a trip linking Rio das Pedras to the subway in 12 minutes Photo: Antonio Scorza / Agência O Globo

Delegate Gabriel Ferrando of the Crime Prevention and Special Investigations Unit (
Draco-IE
), said the main line of inquiry is that the militia is behind this waterway transport service. At the request of the newspaper, the Captaincy of the Ports reported Wednesday night, by note, that a vessel was
seized
per "
numerous irregularities
", From lack of responsibility to the identification of unidentified salvage material.

Brochure given to residents shows that initiative is from the Association of Residents of Rio das Pedras. Former president Beto-Bomba is fugitive from Justice, accused of leading militia; residents give paramilitary group certain involvement with the 'enterprise' Photo: Personal archive
Brochure given to residents shows that initiative is from the Association of Residents of Rio das Pedras. Former president Beto-Bomba is fugitive from Justice, accused of leading militia; residents give paramilitary group certain involvement with the 'enterprise' Photo: Personal archive

The agency also reported that it carried out two on-site inspections on Tuesday and Wednesday morning when the seizure was made. Even after the operation of the Navy, Júlio César Rocha, appointed as responsible for the service, said, in a group of residents of Rio das Pedras, that gathers more than 300 thousand members in a social network, that "ferries are 100% safe and follow all the norms of the Captaincy ". On the pier, locals attempting to board were informed at night that the transportation would not work due to bad weather. Wanted, Julius Caesar did not respond to requests to give explanations about the vessel.

HEAR THE PROPAGANDA SPREAD BY RIO DAS PEDRAS:

Panic on board

Six months ago, GLOBO report
showed the construction of a pier at the end of Avenida Daniel Marinho, one of the main ones in Rio das Pedras
. The report said that the militiamen were slow to operate the rafts, as soon as the work was completed due to difficulties in navigating that stretch of the lagoon, which was extremely crowded with shallow spots and taken by gigogas, according to biologists heard by the newspaper. In order to follow up the plan, detailed research was required to arrive at the viable route through a canal excavated in the early 2000s by a construction company that signed a behavioral adjustment agreement with the state.

But the crossing is not safe. The channel through which the ferry navigates receives, on rainy days, all the garbage present in the lagoon – sofas, tires, refrigerator and even trees -, increasing the risk of nautical accidents.

– At low tide, this channel should be about two meters. It's very shallow. It is a risk to these passengers – explains a man who operates small boats, but avoids the piece operated by the ferry.

Aerial view in November 2018 of the deque constructed by the militia in the area that today operates the service Photo: Marcelo Régua / Agência O Globo
Aerial view in November 2018 of the deque constructed by the militia in the area that today operates the service Photo: Marcelo Régua / Agência O Globo

On Tuesday night, users of "RPBalsas", as the service was called, felt the danger when it began to burst, a sign of the rain that would soon cause disruption in various parts of the city. One of the passengers described the moments of panic on board:

– What happened is that the capacity was 30 people, but more passengers entered. The front, where there were many crowded people, sank. Had lady with child, pregnant woman, everyone despaired. Two women jumped into the water. As the boarding is near the Island of Gigoia, luxury condominium boats came quickly to succor us. I started to cry, to pray, and because I could not swim, a man gave me a lifejacket. Little did not happen, "he said, adding that, in the face of the fragility of the ship, he remembered the tragedy of the Muzema, controlled by the same Rio das Pedras militia.

In Rio das Pedras, there is a dangerous means of water transportation that takes residents of the community to the Barra subway in a channel never before explored in Lagoa da Tijuca. Initiative is the Association of Residents of the region, appointed by the Public Prosecutor's Office as the base of the militia that operates all illegal businesses in the area. The Civil Police already investigates the "servi ="

The Port Authority said that in videos it was possible to see "the vessel operating with overcrowding and enormous risk to the safety of human life and navigation." According to the agency, the ferry was sealed in the vicinity of a pier, near the Island of Gigoia.

REMEMBER THE TARGETS OF THE OPERATION UNTOUCHABLES:
Operation The Untouchables: meet the targets and see how the militia that commands Rio das Pedras

Júlio César demonstrates to have personal relations with Jorge Alberto Moreth, that participates and comments his posts in social networks. Known as Beto-Bomba, Jorge Alberto is appointed by the Civil Police and Rio's Public Ministry as one of the Rio das Pedras militia leaders. Former president of the residents' association, he has been on the run since January when the Intocables operation was arrested, imprisoning members of the Office of Crime, a criminal group suspected of having links to the murders of Marielle Franco and driver Anderson Gomes last year .

The Municipal Transport Secretariat reported that it had set up a working group to establish procedures to regulate waterway transport on the islands of Gigoia, Primeira and neighboring, located in Lagoa da Tijuca.


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