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By Richard Mann

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Civil Police and the Federal Public Prosecutor (MPF) are working together to stop repeated attacks by drug gangs against "terreiros" (places of worship) of religions of African origin located in communities in Baixada Fluminense and São Gonçalo, in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro.

Last Thursday, June 13th, men from four police stations initiated an operation to repress criminals who expelled a "pai de santo" (a high priest) in a favela in Nova Iguaçu. The MPF sought information from 120 religious groups working in prisons with the permission . . .

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