Police Takes Over Drug Trafficking Bastions in Rio de Janeiro Favelas

first_img Hundreds of police, assisted by military helicopters, took control on Sunday, November 28 of one of the largest sections of shantytowns, locally known as favelas, north of Rio de Janeiro. “We took over all the sectors we had to reach. All were reached by our battalions”, said Military Police Commander (PM), Mario Sergio Duarte. The police was greeted with support by the local inhabitants, who called out to them from the windows of their homes asking for “peace” with posters and white handkerchiefs. Local authorities said the resistance opposed by the criminals had lessened, after hours of tension which began on Thursday, when nearly 500 drug traffickers blocked the entryways to the Complexo do Alemão favelas, exchanging heavy gunfire with the police. The police force which entered the Complexo do Alemão favela also had support from a specialized team of sharpshooters. The surrounding perimeter was protected by the Army, with a force of 800 soldiers, and dozens of armored vehicles for the operation, which involved a total of 2,600 people, according to police sources. By Dialogo November 30, 2010last_img read more