Protests After Girl Dies in Favela Operation

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – An eleven-year-old girl was killed last week in a police operation targeting drug traffickers in the Quitanda favela in the Complexo da Pedreira in Costa Barros, Zona Norte (North Zone). Authorities investigating the death of a police officer in Complexo do Alemão just days earlier say the two tragedies were connected as operations continued to search for suspects.

The fatalities have made headline news in Rio and Brazil, and have led to criticisms of the way in which the police operations were carried out.

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