By Maria Lopez Conde, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Residents of Vila dos Pinheiros and Vila do João, favela communities in the massive Zona Norte (North Zone) Complexo da Maré neighborhood, are preparing for the establishment of a Police Pacifying Unit (UPP), following last month’s entry of armed forces into the area.

In mid-April, the Battalion for Special Operations (BOPE) and the Federal Police led the first foray into Complexo da Maré in an operation seeking to secure the area ahead of the installation of a UPP.

Referred to as “limpeza de terreno” (terrain clearance), this . . .

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