Military police take back favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Posted on November 13, 2011 • Filed under: Brazil, Crime, Organized Crime, Police/Military Activity, Social Issues

In just two hours without firing a shot, the Brazilian authorities today regained control of the Rocinha favela flagship of Rio de Janeiro, and two other neighborhoods in which for decades the power was exercised by drug trafficking. With a lightning operation that did not find the least armed resistance, more than 1,500 members of the military police and civil Rio de Janeiro, the Federal Police and the Marine Corps, backed by 18 armored vehicles and seven helicopters, put an end the domain of organized crime in the area. Read Article

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