Militias Control Quarter of Rio Neighborhoods, Almost 60 Percent of City Territory

The data are the result of a study that uses 'Disque-Denúncia' (Police hotline) figures. On the eve of municipal elections, the Civil Police sets up a group to allow "free elections" in Baixada Fluminense suburbs.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rio de Janeiro's militias currently control 25.5 percent of the city's neighborhoods, covering a total of 57.5 percent of the city's territory. The three main criminal drug factions - 'Comando Vermelho', 'Terceiro Comando' and 'Amigos dos Amigos' - together control a further 34.2 percent of the neighborhoods and 15.4 percent of the territory. In total, some 3.7 million Cariocas live in a community controlled by some criminal group, the equivalent of 57.1 percent of the population.

This is the result of an unprecedented study on the expansion of criminal . . .

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