segunda-feira, 29 de novembro de 2010
Brazilian Police Take Another Gang Stronghold in Rio
Brazil's military and police took the second of two major narco-trafficking strongholds in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. 2600 military and police took part in the operation into the Complexo do Alemão. Although there were small skirmishes, the police took the favela with little resistance. The Complexo do Alemão is home to more than 50,000 residents. Narco-traffickers have controlled the slum for three decades. Police arrested at least twenty gang members, and confiscated 13 tons of marijuana, 200 kilos of cocaine and 10 kilos of crack. Officials across Brazil applauded the operation as historic. With Rio's narco-traffickers on the run, there is more pressure than ever for future President Dilma Rousseff to establish the Pacifying Police Units (UPP) elsewhere around the country. More on the UPP, from last Friday's blog post.