Armed Forces Return to Rio’s Rocinha Favela in Search Operation

Since the Armed Forces last left Rocinha on September 29th, five hundred PM officers have been patrolling the community, but violence has continued.

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Armed Forces returned today (October 10th) to the favela community of Rocinha, in the Zona Sul (South Zone) of Rio de Janeiro, to assist the police in a search operation around the area bordering the largest favela in Brazil.

According to the State Department of Security, the military are giving "technical support" to the Military Police (PM) in a search of the forest that surrounds the community.

Colonel Roberto Itamar, a spokesman for the Eastern Military Command, explained that the military is scouting the region for weapons, ammunition, explosives and . . .

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