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Brazilian special forces take control of Rio ‘favelas’ close to the airport and seaport

Monday, March 4th 2013 - 05:55 UTC
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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. Read full article


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  • Escoses Doido

    All they are doing is forcing them to re-locate, not ending the problem.

    Re-locating to nicer places (was nicer) like where I live.

    They will be right back to buisness as usual after the olympics.

    Mar 04th, 2013 - 07:43 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    So true.

    Mar 04th, 2013 - 10:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    A country that wants to be part of the first world can't have these types of problems. It is embarrassing.
    This is why I think Brazil will be a leader in South American but never amount to anything more than a big fish in a small pond.

    Mar 04th, 2013 - 01:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    A few months ago I watched the 'City Of God' a film based on real events and widely acclaimed as realistically portraying the situation on the ground in these favelas.

    The numbers of people involved are huge and it seems growing by the day.

    The real problem (as shown by the film) was the social exclusion of young people from mainline society if they were a resident of these terrible places. Moving them out will not suddenly make them socially respectable or acceptable as they lack basic education and skills needed to obtain and keep even the lowest jobs available to them.

    Very, very big problem here and I cannot see it changing anytime soon.

    Mar 04th, 2013 - 04:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Hi Chris,
    simply living in a favela doesn't make you bad, unemployed or uneducated. But bad people are more frequently found amongst the thousands of favela families just trying to make it to the end of the week.
    They live under the thrall of the criminally bad-boys, but many of the bad-boys are under the protection of the police and politicians.
    'City of God' and the two Bope movies are saying through film what it is dangerous to say out loud (especially the second Bope film) ... that vicious people live everywhere in society - from the bottom to the very top.
    We have to strip them out from the top first, otherwise it will carry on 'forever'.

    Mar 04th, 2013 - 05:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Hi Geoff,

    Perhaps I was inept with my post as I certainly did not want to claim that it was the fault of the young people for their predicament, but as I understand it they have to go out and get money for their family within the criminality prevalent in the favelas.

    I am aware of the corruption that exists at all levels in Brasil both within the police and the politicians and I do hope and trust that Dilma, if she gets another election under her belt, can address things at the top.

    I am happy to be guided by you: can you see any real change anytime soon?

    Mar 04th, 2013 - 06:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Escoses Doido

    @5 &6;
    How long have you guys lived in Brasil?

    Mar 05th, 2013 - 03:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    I have lived in Uruguay for almost two years but my interest in Brasil is purely from a potential investment point of view.

    Mar 05th, 2013 - 06:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Escoses Doido

    Been living, and married with family in Brasil since 2003.

    Just live there, work internationally.

    Mar 05th, 2013 - 09:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
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    Mar 08th, 2013 - 09:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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