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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Federal Intervention team in Rio de Janeiro decided to close half of the Pacifying Police Units (UPP) in Rio de Janeiro, G1 website reported on Thursday.

The decision comes the same day that a report by the Observatorio de Intervenção (Intervention Observatory) releases data showing the number of people killed in the two months of the federal intervention more than doubled compared to the same period in 2017.

“The Federal Intervention does not solve the structural problems that accumulated over the years and can introduce new dilemmas . . .

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