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Why Doria’s War on Drugs is Doomed

July 12, 2017

When São Paulo Mayor João Doria set out to fulfil a campaign promise and rid the city of its cracolândia (crackland), an area that was home to a group of homeless people, some of whom used drugs, he did so with an overwhelming and telegenic show of force: 500 police officers armed with guns, tear gas and dogs marshalled to take on this marginalized and disempowered population.

In one sense, the raid worked: The residents dispersed. In the words of ...

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