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Brazil militarizes favelas in Rio do Janeiro to guarantee 'law and order'

Tuesday, March 25th 2014 - 08:59 UTC
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The Brazilian government announced on Monday, 80 days before the start of the 2014 World Cup, that the military will help occupy several “favelas,” or shantytowns, in Rio de Janeiro to guarantee security in an area currently controlled by violent drug trafficking outfits where some 100,000 people live. Read full article

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  • ChrisR

    As they say: it's all going swimmingly!

    Mar 25th, 2014 - 05:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Surely a 'pacification' of favelas should be a requirement BEFORE application to host?

    Carts and horses anyone?

    Seems they didn't even consider the manure.....

    I do wish the best for Brazil, but still feel they should clean the house before inviting guests.
    By that I mean providing a decent standard of living for all!

    Mar 25th, 2014 - 10:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    And if they end up having another Maracanazo after all the money and the traumas put into this World cup then Dilma is going to be in trouble.

    Mar 26th, 2014 - 12:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    All this 'show' of the Armed Forces supporting the local police to ensure law & order in Rio, is just for the World Cup.....after the competition is over, the shit will just get back to normal......

    Mar 26th, 2014 - 07:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Agree with Jack. Just for show.

    Mar 26th, 2014 - 09:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Klingon

    Quite ironic how some of the worst slums in the world are located on some of the most expensive land in the world.

    Mar 26th, 2014 - 10:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @6, I cannot talk about other slums around the world, but in Rio, which seems to be where they are in greater evidence, they started to appear in the late 19th Century. With the socio-economic transformations going on at the time, the inner city got kind of crowded, forcing people to bunch together in subhuman conditions, in old broken down houses. Also, with the end of (official) slavery (in 1888), a lot of ex-slaves had nowhere to go, so the exodus to the mountainsides , and the construction of very precarious huts out of wood, became the solution. Meanwhile, the local governments just turned a blind eye to it, because in a way, it solved the problems of the inner city....when they woke up, it was too late to do anything. And, with the later migration of people coming in hordes from the northeast, the slums just swole until they are what they are today....a reality, that for some is a solution, but overall is a social headache.

    Mar 27th, 2014 - 04:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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