By Zoë Roller, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – For the past two weeks, the Complexo da Maré, an agglomeration of sixteen favela communities in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone), has seen numerous firefights between police and drug traffickers, frightening residents and disrupting routines. This is the largest armed conflict in the region since last spring, when traffickers fleeing the pacification of the nearby Complexo do Alemão attempted to invade Maré.

On September 19th, one hundred Military Police . . .

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