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By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - This past Monday, July 3rd, Pedra do Sal, one of the most traditional "roda de samba" in Rio, canceled its free weekly event citing weather but also fear of a major operation by the city's municipal guard in the area.

The musicians claimed to have been informed by a City Hall's employee of a 'public order' municipal guard operation aimed at confiscating the products sold by unauthorized street vendors . . .

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