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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Violence in Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela community, Rocinha, has reached unprecedented levels with 54 people killed in the last six months alone, according to Military Police statistics. This figure...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Eleven days after the announcement of the military intervention in Rio de Janeiro’s public security operations by Brazilian president Michel Temer, the officer in charge of the military operations...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A war between rival drug gang factions has been raging in the streets and alleyways of Rocinha, the largest favela community in Rio de Janeiro, since last Sunday (September 17th)....
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Dozens of security officers entered Rocinha, one of Brazil’s largest favela communities, early Monday morning to try to arrest the leaders from rival drug gangs, responsible for hours of...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Pacifying Police Units (UPPs) program in Rio will undergo major structural reforms, cutting its standing force by one third, according to an announcement made yesterday (August 22nd) by the...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – More than 2,600 armed forces personnel participated in an operation during the early morning hours of Wednesday (August 16th) to arrest accused drug kingpins in favela communities in and...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Exasperated by the increasing violence in their communities, representatives from 47 favelas around Rio de Janeiro protested for peace on Copacabana Beach on Sunday, July 2nd, despite the cool...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A war between drug gang factions in the Cidade Alta of Cordovil, in the Zona Norte (North Zone) of Rio de Janeiro, ended yesterday (May 2nd) with at least eight...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The UPP Generation project will be represented by its athletes in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship this year. The social project established by the UPP (Police Pacification Unit) program has been...
Editorial, by Stone Korshak RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last night the first UPP (Police Peacekeeping Unit) station created in Rio was attacked and literally set on fire. The Santa Marta (aka Dona Marta) UPP was the first to...
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