The Deadly War on Brazilian Funk Music

In law enforcement and politics, an organized effort to silence a subculture continues

A Baile Funk party at the Rocinha shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 25, 2012. Photo: CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images

Rubber bullets fly, tear gas sprays — and just like that, a popular funk music street party in São Paulo becomes deadly.

It was the wee hours of December 1, 2019, when militarized police officers ambushed the well-known bash Baile…