Rio de Janeiro's far-right governor says he would use a 'missile' to blow up criminals

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Rio de Janeiro's far-right governor has advocated using a 'missile' to blow up criminals in one of the city's most violent slums.

Wilson Witzel, who presided over a record number of police killings in the first three months of his term, said Friday that Rio residents were living in a 'state of terrorism,' in comments broadcast by RJTV.

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'If it were authorized by the United Nations, in other parts of the world, we'd have authorization to send a missile there to blow up those people,' Witzel said, referring to the City of God favela, which earned worldwide notoriety with the hit 2002 film of the same name.

Witzel's widely quoted remarks came after an intense gunfight between police and gangsters in the stricken favela on Wednesday that killed at least one person, the news website G1 reported.

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'Our police don't want to kill, but we don't want to see scenes like those we saw in the City of God,' Witzel said at the event in Nova Iguacu municipality near Rio.

Renata Souza, president of the Rio legislative assembly's human rights commission, condemned Witzel's remarks, saying they 'revealed an authoritarian and violent mentality,' the daily Folha de Sao Paulo reported.

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