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Army occupies favela in Rio because police was unable to retain control

Monday, April 7th 2014 - 06:05 UTC
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With only 68 days to the World Cup some 2,700 Brazilian troops seized control Saturday of the Mare favela, shantytowns complex, which is considered Rio de Janeiro's last major drug-gang stronghold and located in a strategic area for security reasons: a through area for the city's airport and the Maracaná stadium. Read full article


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  • Clyde15

    Didn't Brasileiro warn the Brits that they would not be welcome in Brazil and to stay away. Thanks for the timely warning.

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 10:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    Where is BOPE when you need them.

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 11:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 2 Condorito

    Hiding, judging by how successful they have been, NOT.

    I bet they grew rich on the bribes from the drug lords to turn the other way.

    I wonder how long it will take to enmesh the wrmy in their little drug business. Probably already agreed.

    Don’t you just love the forceful names they give these idiots in Brazil “Knife in the skull” turned out to be a pain in the arse.

    Cue Brasso for yet another military video.

    Ha, ha, ha.

    If Brits go to the WC they will deserve what they get. But Brazil had better watch out for any Millwall supporters, they won’t stand for any pussy assed Policia trying to push them around.

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 12:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    'elite military troops' - Jeez. ...just to control your own local population. ....

    Should have spent the money on housing and creating jobs and markets.

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 01:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Just temporary measures to try avoid a complete break-down in local security in Rio during the the end of July, business (drugs, killing) will carry on as normal.

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 03:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    Are you planning to travel to Brazil for the World Cup? Is your life insurance up to date? Do you have your helmet and battle armour? What brand of assault rifle do you have? Do you have enough ammunition? Do you have a backup automatic pistol? Ammunition? A bayonet? A combat knife? Wouldn't bother with the camera. If the thugs don't steal it, the police will.

    Anyway, it's been nice talking to you. Assuming that they leave anything identifiable, have you planned to be disposed of in Brazil? Or have you paid enough for your parts to be returned to the UK? Do let your family know that they can expect your bits to have been “gnawed”. Lots of hungry people in Brazil. Little tit-bits like fingers and toes may be missing. Off you go and enjoy yourself.

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 04:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Oh, Conq., you are naughty.

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 05:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    @3 Chris
    Yeah, but it made good cinema.

    I can recommend you this mode of transport to get to the world cup:

    Rent a mobile home in Chile and drive right across Argentina to Brazil ... and back!

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 05:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @8 Condorito, wouldn't an armoured car with a 50mm calibre machine gun be more appropriate ?? After all, you DO plan on getting back, don't you ?

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 09:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    @9 Jack
    Lol. Not my style but it would make for a good version of Grand Theft Auto - GTA Argentina Road Trip.

    Apr 08th, 2014 - 12:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    I'm old enough to remember planes, trains and automobiles and I would have my nails in the dashboard on that trip. No thank you!

    Apr 08th, 2014 - 07:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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