This political cartoon exemplifies the criticism of Governor Cabral and Secretary of Security Beltrame in their approach to ‘pacifying’ the favelas. The policy has from the beginning purported to use both military force, infrastructure and social programming; however both Beltrame and Cabral have argued that the state first must “secure the territory” before focussing on social investments. Investment in lasting social infrastructure, such as schools and hospitals and basic sanitation, has lagged behind or fallen far short of political promises. In this cartoon we see a depiction of the status quo today, a Pacifying Police Unit sits on top of a favela; juxtaposed to a rendering of what a favela would be if it were “definitively pacified”. The police station is replaced with a “quality public school” and the hill is dotted with day care and cultural centers, hospitals and sport facilities.
[cartoon by Simanca: http://simancablog.blogspot.co.uk/%5D