By Melissa Rossi, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The official withdrawal of the Brazilian Armed Forces from the Complexo do Alemão, in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone), is scheduled to take place this Thursday, June 28th. It represents a further step towards the pacification of an extended geographic area, and one of the former enclaves of Rio’s organized drug gangs.

The army will be replaced by Rio’s BOPE (Special Operations Battalion) in the Vila Cruzeiro and Penha communities following a broad transfer of power operation that began with the implementation of four Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed? Login Here