My Wonderful City

Opinion by Samantha Barthelemy

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Shock. Disbelief. Fear. Insecurity. Adrenaline. Tension. Anger. Frustration. My Cidade Maravilhosa is under siege. Tracked armored tanks, M113 personnel carriers, hundreds of camouflage-painted soldiers and black-clad police officers flocked the streets of Rio de Janeiro this week. Bullets and low-flying police helicopters buzzed the clear blue sky as security forces battled against heavily armed youths.

First came Vila Cruzeiro, in Complexo da Penha. Then, Complexo do Alemão, the most notorious slum complex . . .

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