BOPE Occupies Complexo da Maré Favela

By Zoë Roller, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The sprawling Complexo da Maré favelas in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone) have been occupied by the Polícia Militar (Military Police, PM) elite force, BOPE, for the past week. The police entered the complex last Friday, October 21st, with the stated objective of finding drug traffickers and arms.

The operations in Maré may also be laying the groundwork for the installation of a Police Pacification Unit (UPP), although some . . .

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