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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Despite the clouds that led many beachgoers to skip the sand and waves this Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Operação Verão (Operation Summer) was implemented on the beachfront along Zona Sul (South Zone). The operation was moved up a week by officials after last week’s mass robberies, known locally as “arrastões” (big drags), swept through the beaches and spilled over on to the streets.

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