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By Samuel Elliott Novacich, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Few could deny the increase in violent crime in Macaé over the last several decades. In recent months however, it has escalated and many attribute this to drug gangs from Rio migrating to Macaé, fleeing newly inaugurated UPPs in their respective territories.

On March 22nd, approximately 270 civil police (32nd BPM Macaé) and 100 police from the Batalhão de Operações Especiais (Special Operations Battalion, BOPE) responded with the invasion of the Favela Nova Holanda as part of Operation Falkland. As reported by O Globo, the objective was apprehending . . .

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