By Chesney Hearst, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – State and federal security forces occupied the communities of Complexo do Caju and Barreira do Vasco during the early hours of Sunday, March 3rd. Over 1,300 armed forces including Special Operations Battalions (BOPE) and Shock Battalions (BPChoque), 200 civil police officers and 200 Naval officers participated in the occupation of the two communities, complete with seventeen armored tanks.

The Sunday operations took place in two different areas of the city, Barreira do Vasco in

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