Militias Force Commerce Monopoly in Rio’s Rocinha Community

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - According to local news reports, militias have taken over water and coal distribution in Rio’s largest favela community, Rocinha, in Zona Sul (South Zone). Community store, market, restaurant and bar owners have been forced to forgo their regular suppliers and purchase mineral water and coal from a specific location within the massive favela and at a much higher price.

And with militias enforcing a monopoly on water and coal, local . . .

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