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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Authorities in Rio de Janeiro received some reassuring news this week as a survey released by the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) shows a high percentage of the city's favela community residents with Pacifying Police Units (UPPs) want the program to continue. According to the FGV survey, 75.8 percent of favela residents want the program to remain, however 43.4 percent are reported to fear the program will end following the 2016 Olympics.

Since 2008, the UPP program has provided various services, such as police and transportation to favela communities . . .

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