Shootouts in Rio’s Complexo da Maré

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL –Traffic on Avenida Brasil, one of Rio's principal throughways, came to a stop on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 1st due to shootouts in Rio's Complexo da Maré. Additionally, almost seven thousand students in the surrounding areas saw the cancellation of classes.

The trouble reportedly began on the night of September 30th around 11PM when rival drug factions exchanged gunfire in the Conjunto Esperança area of Complexo da Maré, a group of favelas located in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone).

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