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Brazil Army Seizes Control Of Rio Slums

27 March 2014

The Brazilian army has seized control over some of the larger favelas in Rio de Janeiro in a crackdown on criminal gangs ahead of the World Cup.

Federal troops moved into the Favela da Mare on Wednesday and Rio's Secretary of Security, Jose Mariano Beltrame, handed over control of the slum to the military.

It follows a spate of attacks co-ordinated by the largest criminal faction in the city - Comando Vermelho or "Red Command".

Mr Beltrame said: "Mare is a large area which was dominated by drug trafficking.

"We need to push the traffickers out."

He added that the difficulty was not in entering the favelas, but staying there to keep order.
Initially there will be 1,500 soldiers deployed to the area.

Troops armed with mine metal detectors and escorted by the military police carried out extensive searches for hidden arms ca

Added: Mar-27-2014 Occurred On: Mar-27-2014
By: stancro11
Regional News
Tags: Brazil, Army, Rio de Janeiro, Slams, Favela, FIFA World Cup
Location: Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (load item map)
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