By Helen Trouten Torres, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Four years ago the Police Chief and State Security Secretary José Mariano Beltrame was told by businessmen and representatives of public agencies from all spheres of government that the lack of security and presence of armed gangs was impeding social investments in Rio’s favelas. Today, after seventeen favelas have been pacified, this reason for lack of social investment no longer has the same validity and it’s Beltrame’s turn to voice concern.

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