Sunday, October 6, 2013

Urban "Pacification" in Rio

From the Daily Mail:
Clad in heavy boots, bullet-proof vests and armed with guns, more than 1,000 Brazilian police swooped on slum neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro.  
The units stormed the favelas at the crack of dawn in an ongoing bid to regain control of the poor hillside towns from drug gangs and violent criminals. 
... Today's movement saw officers from so-called Police Pacification Units (UPP) pour into a dozen slums - in the hope of driving out drug traffickers and other criminals. 
They hope to regain state control of the favelas ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. 
Backed by marines in armored vehicles, the units swept through the towns, before conducting house-to-house searches and questioning suspects.  
They were reportedly met with no resistance from locals.
I don't wonder why--the photos show all the police and soldiers armed with automatic weapons, including at least one with a light machine gun.

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