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By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Sunday morning, March 30th, police and armed forces began the occupation of the Complexo da Maré, a group of favelas in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone). State Governor Sérgio Cabral announced last week that the army would occupy Maré “indefinitely” until a UPP (Police Pacifying Unit) is eventually set up.

According to reports, 118 arrests have been made since BOPE (Special Operations Battalion . . .

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