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By Patricia Maresch, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Sunday night at 10PM Rio's Governor Sergio Cabral tweeted: “São Carlos and Santa Teresa can celebrate liberty, they are free from the rule of criminals. Viva Rio!” It took seventeen armored vehicles, 150 marine soldiers, 700 military, federal and civil police officers, one hour, forty minutes and not a single gunshot to overtake nine favelas around the hillsides of Centro's popular neighborhood Santa Teresa.

The operation started before dawn . . .

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