Brazilian security forces seized control of two crime-ridden ‘favelas’ slums near Rio do Janeiro’s international airport and seaport Sunday in a new bid to drive out drug traffickers ahead of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 summer Olympics.
Law and order seems out of control in Brazil’s largest city and financial hub. To the usual appalling crime statistics follows a rash of police officers killings. This weekend an off duty military police officer was the twenty second murder victim and the 90th killed in the city so far this year.
A battalion of Special Forces (BOPE) from the Brazilian city of Rio do Janeiro started using unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones to air monitor the drugs trade and gangs in shanty towns surrounding the “marvellous city”.
Almost 19 million Brazilians live in precarious housing with no running water, sewage or any basic public services, according to a report on urban infrastructure by the Brazilian Geography and Statistics Institute, IBGE.
Brazilian police was out in full force to occupy for an indefinite period a group of favelas (shanty towns) surrounding the ‘marvellous’ city of Rio do Janeiro following the killing of the state’s most wanted drug lord.
Three thousand troops backed by helicopters and armoured vehicles occupied Rio de Janeiro's largest favela (slum) without firing a shot, the biggest step in the Brazilian city's bid to improve security and end the reign of drug gangs.
As authorities work to pacify Brazil's slums ahead of two global sporting events, police in Rio de Janeiro captured one of the city's most notorious drug traffickers.
Brazilian police made two key arrests Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro's biggest favela (slum) as they ready to take control of the area from drug traffickers, in anticipation of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.
“Economic interests” and a “culture of violence” are to blame for rate crimes in Brazil and conspire against government plans to disarm the population and improve security, claimed Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo.
As Brazilians celebrate Wednesday September 7, Independence Day – a national holiday – Brazilian forces are engaged in trying to regain control of one of Brazil’s largest favelas.